Professor Yukio Moriguchi
Institute of Geriatrics and Gerontology
Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul
Porto Alegre, Brazil


Porto Alegre is about a ninety-minute flight south of Sao Paulo, Brazil. This is where Dr. Yukio Moriguchi lives. He is a professor in the medical department of the graduate school of Southern Rio Grande Roman Catholic University. He used to be a professor of Seisen Women's College in Tokyo. Dr. Moriguchi also served the Roman pope as his medical advisor. Shin Nagahara, a former editor in chief of Light of Life, visited him for an interview and heard his life story.

Shin Nagahara: Dr. Moriguchi, thank you very much for reading Light of Life magazine. I heard you are an ardent Catholic believer.

Dr. Moriguchi: My ancestors were baptized by Saint Francisco Xavier, who came to Japan in 1549. Thereafter, my family inherited this faith from generation to generation, even through times of persecution, for over two hundred years.

My great-grandfather on my father's side was arrested and charged with being a Christian in 1870. At that time the Meiji government was still banning Christianity. Fortunately, he was not executed, but he was severely tortured. Both his hands were tied, and burning oil was poured upon them. The prison guards said, "If you forfeit Christianity, we will let you go." But he refused. He could bear the tortures because God's great mercy was upon him. Had he given up his faith, I would not have become a Catholic.

My great-grandfather on my mother's side was a samurai. He became a Christian when he met a French Catholic priest in the late nineteenth century. He realized that giving his life for Christ is the most important human value. He began to dedicate his whole body and soul to minister for Christ.