08/10/2012, 00.00
SOUTH KOREA
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A video explaining the mission of the Korean Church

by Joseph Yun Li-sun
The bishops' conference has produced and put together a video (in English and Korean) which aims to explain to non-believers and catechumens the history and mission of the local Church, the only one in Asia to have grown without the aid of foreign missionaries.

Seoul (AsiaNews) - The Korean Catholic Church has created and posted an on-line video to explain their origins and activities to non-Catholics and catechumens. The video shows how the local faithful, despite the severe persecution faced in the country during the imperial era, were able to grow and spread the Gospel message.

The video has particularly stressed the fact that Korea is the only country in Asia where Christianity has grown without the help of foreign missionaries: they were expelled by the various emperors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and were able to educate only some Koreans who then passed on the faith to their children and new catechumens.

In the second half, the video - which you can see in English here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMrEMqchuR0&feature=youtu.be- explains the role and function of the Korean Bishops' Conference, which accompanies the faithful and structure of the Church. As stated in the message accompanying the video, "we want to show the continuous effort of our bishops for the unity of Korean Catholics."

The prelates, the message concludes, "meet to discuss matters of common interest, to undertake new pastoral missions and suggest best practices for the application of the Social Doctrine of the Church."

 

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