Japan

The new Martin Scorsese movie Silence goes on general release in UK cinemas today.It tells the story of Jesuit missionaries risking their lives to bring the Word of God to a persecuted Christian minority in seventeenth century Japan, and doing so explores the nature of faith, doubt and redemption.In a recent edition of Jesuits & Friends Jonathan Wright explained the role Jesuits played in early-modern Japan:It fell to Francis Xavier to inaugurate the Jesuits’ Japanese adventure....
Liam Neeson in 'Silence'
Paramount Pictures have confirmed that Martin Scorsese’s much anticipated film about two 17th century Jesuit missionaries will be released in the United States shortly before Christmas, with wider distribution in the New Year.Silence is based on the novel of the same name by Japanese author Shūsaku Endō, and it has been Scorsese’s passion to turn it into a film since 1991. Various problems delayed the project going into production until April 2013, when Scorsese said he would begin...
Christians in Nagasaki have been celebrating the Jesuits and laity who risked (and often gave) their lives for their faith in 17th century Japan. 17 March was the 150th anniversary of the 'Hidden Christians' of the country revealing themselves to an amazed Dutch missionary in 1865. Pope Francis was represented by Cardinal Orlando B Quevedo, Archbishop of Cotabato in the Philippines. In a letter read out at the celebrations, the Pope asked that Cardinal Quevedo should remember those who gave...
Born on the Italian Island of Sardinia in 1928, Giuseppe Pittau entered the Society of Jesus in 1945 and was ordained a priest in 1959. He arrived in Japan in 1952 as a Jesuit missionary, and spent most of his academic life at Sophia University, with a period spent doing doctoral studies in political science at Harvard.  On return to Japan in 1962 he taught law at Sophia University, where he became rector in 1975.  In the words of those who knew him and worked with him he was an “...
An epic story about Jesuit missionaries in 17th century Japan is due to go into production next month, under the direction of Martin Scorsese, according to reports. Years of delays and litigation have hampered his ambition to turn Shusaku Endo’s book Silence into a film, but now it appears that plans are moving forward.Liam Neeson has apparently been secured to play the role of Jesuit Father Ferreira who risked persecution and even death to bring the Gospel to Buddhists in Japan, with...