Itō Mancio

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Itō Mancio, by Italian painter Domenico Tintoretto (late 16th century)

Itō Mancio (伊東マンショ, c.1569 – 13 November 1612) was a Japanese Catholic priest. He was born in Tonokoori-gun,[1] (now Saito, Miyazaki), to a noble family.

Itō Mancio studied theology and Latin at the seminary in Nagasaki. As leader of the Tenshō embassy (1582-90) he traveled to Europe where he met Popes Gregory XIII and Sixtus V in Rome.[2]

He returned to Japan in 1590, joined the Society of Jesus in 1593 and later became a priest.

He engaged in missionary work in northwest Japan but soon was expelled from the local Kokura domain and then moved to the Nakatsu Domain. He was finally exiled to Nagasaki and became a teacher at the seminary, where he died of disease in 1612.

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  • C. R. Boxer: The Christian Century in Japan 1549-1650. Carcanet Press, ISBN 1-85754-035-2