News from St. Francis 5/7 – 5/14/17

It is Eastertide, but this is a brief reminder of the journey. From Good Friday. . .
The most recent project for director Martin Scorcese is a movie based on the novel Silence by Shusako Endo. Silence tells the story of Catholic missionaries to Japan in the 17th century. Particularly, it follows the efforts of a zealous and pious priest, Rodrigues, to Christianize Japan. However, the history of these efforts is well documented and quite violent. The Kakure Krishitan, the Hidden Christians, are persecuted by the Japanese. Initially, the Japanese officials sought to get the priests to renounce their belief by torturing them and having them step on a fumie, a picture of Jesus, as a sign of their apostasy.

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