Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Christian sites in Japan added to UNESCO World Heritage list

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This undated picture shows the former Nokubi Church in Nagasaki. A dozen Christian locations in parts of southern Japan where members of the faith were once brutally persecuted were selected for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage list on June 30. JIJI PRESS / AFP.
MANAMA (AFP).- A dozen Christian locations in parts of southern Japan where members of the faith were once brutally persecuted were selected for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage list on Saturday. The 12 sites include 10 villages, Hara Castle and Oura Cathedral, a Catholic church in Nagasaki that is dedicated to 26 Christians who were executed for their beliefs over four centuries ago. The decision was announced in the Bahraini capital Manama. In a press statement UNESCO said that the 12 sites "bear unique testimony to a cultural tradition nurtured by hidden Christians in the Nagasaki region who secretly transmitted their faith". [More]