When silence speaks from the cross

The novel by Japanese author, Endo Shusaku, Silence, follows a Portuguese priest, Father Rodrigues, on a dangerous mission to Japan in the 17th century.

Word has filtered back to Jesuit headquarters that the most famous missionary in Japan, Father Ferreira, has apostatised.

Father Rodrigues, who studied under Father Ferreira in the seminary, cannot believe it is possible that the great man would have renounced the faith after 20 years of courageous service.

He sets sail to find Father Ferreira, knowing that he will likely not return alive.

Father Rodrigues survives extreme hardship to reach...