Category Archives: Japanese History

#271 – Fr. Gereon Goldmann, OFM – Part Two

After his ordination, Fr. Gereon Goldmann, OFM ministered in Prisoner of War camps braving the anger of German Nazis and French guards. More than once his life will be in grave jeopardy. He will have to endure much before he finally fulfills his dream of going to Japan.

Links:
Biography and photos of Fr. Goldmann, OFM
Wikipedia article on Fr. Goldmann, OFM
German video with interview of Fr. Goldmann, OFM

Sources:
Gereon K. Goldmann, OFM. The Shadow of His Wings: The True Story of Fr. Gereon Goldmann, OFM. Ignatius Press, 2003.
Seitz, Joseph. Against the Current: Thrilling Experiences of the Ragpicker of Tokyo, Father Gereon Goldmann. 1971.

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#259 – The Saint of Urakami Part II

In the second of a two part episode, Takashi Nagai uses his faith to find meaning his suffering after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and uses that faith to inspire hope for others.

Links:
All That Remains – a movie that is being made about the life of Takashi Nagai
All That Remains Facebook page
Information on the life of Takashi Nagai covered in this episode can be found here and here and here.
Radio interview with Takashi Nagai – in Japanese
Takashi Nagai’s Funeral Address of November 23, 1945
Takashi Nagai’s report on the effects of the atomic bomb
Youtube video of an interview with Takashi Nagai’s daughter Kayano
Youtube video of “The Bells of Nagasaki”

Above photo of the Cathedral of Urukami in Nagasaki, Japan after the atomic bombing of August 9, 1945.

Sources:
Paul Glynn, A Song for Nagasaki, (San Francisco: Ignatius Press), 2009.
Takashi Nagai, The Bells of Nagasaki, (New York: Kodansha International), 1994.

Here are some photos taken from the museum of Takashi Nagai in Nagasaki showing the rosary of Nagai’s wife, Midori.

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podcasticon#259 – The Saint of Urakami Part II

#258 – The Saint of Urakami Part I

In the first part of a two part episode, we are introduced to Takashi Nagai and follow his journey from atheism and materialism into Catholicism as he seeks answers to the deepest questions of his heart.

Links:
Pensées of Pascal
Earlier CUTH episode on the Kirishitan Christians of Japan
Information on the life of Takashi Nagai covered in this episode can be found here and here.

Sources:
Paul Glynn, A Song for Nagasaki, (San Francisco: Ignatius Press), 2009.

Photo of the Cathedral of Urukami in Nagasaki, Japan

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#234 – Martyrdom and Apostasy

Shusako Endo’s book Silence describes the trials and persecutions of the Japanese Catholic Church during the late 1500s and 1600s. But what Endo describes in fiction, Fr. Cristóvão Ferreira, SJ found very real.

Links:
Hubert Cieslik, S.J. The Case of Christovao Ferreira. The true story behind Endo Shusaku’s best-selling novel Silence.
Silence by Shusaku Endo
SQPN’s Catholic New Media Celebration

Painting – The Martyrdom of Saint Andrew by Bartolome Esteban Murillo

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