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    » 09/04/2013, 00.00

    KOREA – VATICAN – SYRIA

    Archbishop of Seoul: Korea will pray with the Pope for peace in Syria

    Joseph Yun Li-sun

    Mgr. Yeom explains the steps taken to join the vigil of prayer and fasting called by the pontiff: "We call on all those who visit the places of pilgrimage in the capital to pray for the intentions of the Pope. So do the 300 thousand youth group Bible study”. Pain and special closeness “for childrens, innocent victims of the conflict.”

    Seoul (AsiaNews) - The news coming from Syria, "ravage me. My heart bleeds especially for children who are victims of the conflict. The appeal of Pope Francis is very important, a fundamental tool for world peace. Now more than ever we Christians must stand together and pray." The Archbishop of Seoul, Msgr. Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, tells AsiaNews how is he involving the South Korean capital on the day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East and around the world convened by the pope for September 7.

    Archbishop Yeom Soo-jung has asked everyone who joins in the walking pilgrimage of "the Month of Martyrs" to pray for the situation in Syria. A notice was also sent to each holy place and martyrs' shrine to put up reminders so that people will remember to add Syria in their prayers during the pilgrimage. More importantly, the Archbishop has also asked "Bible Study for Youth," the biggest gathering for young people in Korea with about 300 thousand members, to pray especially for the peace in Syria.

    The Archdiocese of Seoul, says the bishop, "is close to the heart of the situation in Syria and the Middle East. I felt devastated to hear about the News of Syria, and my heart bleeds for the innocent children who had died. The Archdiocese of Seoul earnestly prays for Syria, the Middle East, and the World, hoping that real peace may come as soon as possible."

     

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    Nuncio in Damascus: Nationwide, Syrians of every creed and ethnicity pray with the Pope
    Msgr . Mario Zenari describes the Day of Prayer for Syria as a historic event. All the parishes of Damascus and the various dioceses of the country took part. Vigil in the Melkite Cathedral was attended by thousands of Muslims, Greek -Orthodox and Protestant Christians. On average, the population of the Islamic religion touched by the Pope’s gesture: "It's an exceptional fact that the Christian leader wants peace for Muslims, while our neighbors foment war".

    03/07/2012 KOREA
    Seoul archbishop visits Museo Missionario di Propaganda Fide
    Mgr Yeom Soo-junh inaugurates the museum's Korean version of the audio self-guide system. Korean is the museum's first non-Western language. On 29 June, he received the pallium from Benedict XVI.

    05/09/2013 HONG KONG – VATICAN – SYRIA
    From Hong Kong a prayer for peace in Syria
    The Diocese of the Territory joins the request of Pope Francis for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East and throughout the world. Cardinal Tong urges the faithful to continue to offer their prayers and their acts of penance for world peace that is sustainable over the long term. A special intercessory prayer will be recited during Masses next Sunday.

    12/05/2012 SOUTH KOREA
    New archbishop of Seoul for dialogue with the North and the defense of life
    The Pope has appointed pastor of the Korean capital - and Apostolic Administrator of Pyongyang - Mgr. Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, committed to dialogue with North Korea and in the forefront of the battle against secularization of society.

    17/03/2014 KOREA - VATICAN
    Korea, President Park thanks the Pope: Your visit is a great opportunity for us all
    South Korean president Park Geun-hye receives members of the Preparatory Commission for the papal visit: "This year is filled with Catholic occasions! We are grateful to Francis for his creating archbishop Yeom a cardinal".



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