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Beatification probe inconclusive correspondent, Tokyo

July 5, 2012

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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan (CBCJ) has said further investigation would be needed to determine whether human remains found outside Manila are those of a 17th century Japanese Christian they are considering for beatification. A daimyo, or regional lord, Ukon Takayama fled Japan because of his beliefs in late 1614 and then died from an illness the following year in exile in Manila. Following a visit to the site at Jesuit San Ignacio Church, in Novaliches, the CBCJ Special Committee for Promoting Canonization and Beatification headed by Kyoto Bishop Yoshinao Otsuka examined the remains believed to be those of Ukon. A CBCJ press release said a preliminary investigation revealed hints the remains are Ukon's but that the evidence was inconclusive.
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