- Paul Navarro
- Pietro Paolo Navarro
Joined the Jesuits in Naples, Italy in 1578. Ordained in Goa, India. Missionary to Japan. Became fluent in Japanese, and lived as much like a native as he could, wanting to show that Christianity was no threat to a Japanese lifestyle.
An imperial edict in 1614 expelled all foreigners. Instead of leaving, Peter went into hiding so he could minister to the converts he had made. He travelled the country disguised as a beggar, wood seller, farmer, and peddler in order to conduct covert Masses. He wrote on the faith, and translated Christian works into Japanese.
Arrested by priest hunters in December 1621 along with two catechists, Petrus Onizuka Sadayu and Denis Fugiscima, and a layman, Clement Kuijemon. They were condemned to death by the Shogun on 27 October 1622. Father Peter Paul celebrated Mass and ordained his two catechists as Jesuit priests in the hours just before his execution.
- if you have information relevant to the canonization of Blessed Peter Paul, contact
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan
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Tokyo 135-8585, JAPAN
- Catholic Online
- Hagiography Circle
- Saints of the Society of Jesus, by David Andrew Merrick, SJ
- Santi e Beati
- “Blessed Peter Paul Navarro“. Saints.SQPN.com. 31 October 2013. Web. 7 March 2014. <>