The Wider Image: Japan's 'Hidden Christians' fear for religion's fate
Shigenori Murakami, 69, the seventh-generation head of a group of 'Hidden Christians' chants 'orasho' in front of an altar adorned with a statue of the Virgin Mary and photos of deceased relatives at his home in Nagasaki, southern Japan, November 3, 2019. Japan's "Kakure Kirishitan," or "Hidden Christians," preserved their faith in secret during centuries of persecution. "I have not picked a successor yet, but I have confidence I can keep going myself and I will surely pass this on," said Murakami. "I cannot let my generation be the ones who destroy what my ancestors protected with their lives." REUTERS/Issei Kato SEARCH "HIDDEN CHRISTIANS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.