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Lessons from Seoul

SEOUL (UCAN): South Korea is currently going through a politically tumultuous time, with the long standing demand for the president, Park Geun-Hye, to step down.

A Hong Kong person named Ching resident in South Korea for some time, says in an article posted by UCAN that the darkness and distress Park brought with her in 2013 has worsened since a political crisis broke out in mid-October. In a televised address, Park said she is now permitting the National Assembly to decide her fate.

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Korean and French Churches cement ties

SEOUL (UCAN): An official delegation representing the French Catholic Bishops’ Conference visited South Korea from October 14 to 23 to pay homage to various holy places, including Galmaemot and Saenamteo, where nine French missionaries were beheaded during the 1866 Byeongin Persecution.

A total of 66 people, including Jean-Pierre Cardinal Ricard, from Bordeaux, and five other bishops made the trip to strengthen ongoing relations between the local Korean and French Churches.

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Around the Traps

 

Coadjutor named for troubled Guam

AGANA (CWN): Bishop Michael Byrnes, an auxiliary from Detroit, has been named as coadjutor of Agana in Guam; where Hong Kong-born Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-fai has been standing in for Archbishop Anthony Apuron, who has been charged with multiple sex-abuse complaints.

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Young people walk for peace

Seoul (UCAN): Around a hundred Catholic young people walked 248 kilometres through Korea’s demilitarised zone (DMZ) while also praying for reconciliation and peace between the North and the South.

Young people from Korea and around the world began the DMZ Peace Pilgrimage of Youth at Goseong on August 13 and finished at Imjingak Park in the city of Paju, on August 19.

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Seoul says no to missile system

SEOUL (AsiaNews): The Commission for Reconciliation between the Koreas to the north and south of the Demilitarised Zone has expressed its opposition to a proposed Terminal High Altitude Area Defence system being proposed as a joint project between the governments in Seoul and the United States of America.

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South Korea forming priests for the North

SEOUL (UCAN): Two Korean dioceses announced on May 20 that they have entered into a formal agreement to provide formation for priests and seminarians to work in North Korea in the eventuality of a reunification of the north-south Korean divide.

Hamhung, which is theoretically in the north, has signed an agreement with Chunchon diocese to receive some candidates selected from among its seminarians and educate them with the view of working as priests on the northern side of the Demilitarised Zone in the future.

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Market place parish

SEOUL (SE): A group of merchants who work in the Garak Market in Seoul, South Korea, founded a quasi-parish 25 years ago at a time when it was difficult to find a place where Mass was allowed to be celebrated.

On April 12, the 25th anniversary of its foundation in 1991, the archbishop of Seoul, Andrew Cardinal Yeom Soo-jung, came to the third floor venue to celebrate Mass for the 200 or so regulars.

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Priest named in damages suit by Korean Navy

SEOUL (SE): Father Pat Cunningham has been named in a suit filed with the Seoul Central Court by the Korean Navy on March 28 seeking compensation for damages and delay to construction work on the controversial Jeju Naval Base.

The Columban missionary, who has been deeply involved in opposition to the base, is named along with villagers and rights advocates, as well as the Gangjeong Village Association and five other groups.

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Seoul sends five priests on mission

SEOUL (SE): Five priests from the archdiocese from Seoul in South Korea were commissioned to take up missionary appointments overseas by the archbishop of the capital city,  Andrew Cardinal Yeom Soo-jung on March 10.

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Ordinations in Seoul

SEOUL (SE): The archdiocese of Seoul in South Korea ordained 20 deacons as priests on February 5.

Andrew Cardinal Yeom Soo-jung told Fides that given the large numbers of people expected to attend, the ceremony was held in the hall at Olympic Park.

Seoul ordains around 30 priests on average each year and over the past 20 years, there have always been more than 20.

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