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Unveiling the road of martyrs of Korea

 
The Vatican has recognised the Road of Martyrs in Seoul, South-Korea as an official pilgrimage site, the first one in Asia. This is an important place in the history of the Church in Korea given that 44 saints and 27 others that have been declared blessed, sacrificed lives on this road. On September 14, there was a Mass at the sanctuary of Seosomun—the monument that commemorates the Korean martyrs. 

 

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Algerian martyrs and others recognised

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis has recognised the martyrdom of a bishop, seven Trappist monks and 11 other religious men and women killed by extremists in Algeria between 1993 and 1996, when the country was locked in a 10-year-long armed conflict between government forces and extremist Islamic rebel groups that left tens of thousands of people dead.
 

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Seoul promotes cause of modern day martyrs

SEOUL (AsiaNews): South Korea has opened the process of beatification and eventual canonisation for two groups of martyrs; John Baptist Yi Byeok and his 132 companions; and Bishop Francis Borgia Hong Yong-ho, the first bishop of Pyongyang and his 80 companions.

Both groups have cleared the first hurdle and are at the servant of God stage.

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The martyrs of Laos

VATICAN (UCAN): “In faith they committed themselves as priests and catechists to serving their brothers and sisters. Through faith, they shared in the sufferings of Christ,” Orlando Cardinal Quevedo said of the 17 people who died in Laos at the hands of Communist guerillas during the revolution of 1953.

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Museum glorifies a hanging judge

BEIJING (AsiaNews): Village authorities in Dingan, Guangxi, plan to celebrate the expulsion of foreign Catholics from their area in 1856 with a museum celebrating the role played by a magistrate from the Qing era, Zhang Mingfeng, in sentencing a priest from the Paris Foreign Mission Society, St. Auguste Chapdelaine, to death.

The opening of the museum includes a poetry contest and the new facility boasts a six metre-tall bronze mural showing the condemned priest confined in a cage.

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Albanian martyrs up for beatification

Vatican (CNA/EWTN News): Pope Francis has given the go ahead for the beatification Archbishop Nikollë Vinçenc Prennush, from Durrës, and his 37 companions, all of whom were killed by Albania’s communist regime between 1945 and 1974.

The pope officially acknowledged their martyrdom during an April 26 meeting with Angelo Cardinal Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

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The leaves held their breath

Zhang shook hands with me in the guesthouse of the Trappist Abbey in Hong Kong. A real representative of China’s welfare; a belt too much tightened, dividing his obese abdomen in two, and an almost square head and a neck a little too short.

He came from Beijing together with his wife for a long weekend in this abbey. There is a large language barrier between us. At our first acquaintance I understood from his gestures that he wanted to know my nationality. But Holland meant nothing to him.