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Card. Yeom goes to the North: Only a pastoral visit, the Pope's trip has nothing to do with it
The Archbishop of Seoul is the first Korean Cardinal to cross the border that divides the peninsula. The trip will last less than 24 hours and will only take in the inter-Korean industrial complex of Kaesong. A source for AsiaNews : "No connection with Pope Francis’ visit. Hopefully the Pope will celebrate Mass in Pyongyang soon, but that does not depend on us. And his visit is already a big step forward towards peace".
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".
04/05/2006 NORTH KOREA - SOUTH KOREA
Joint visit to pope proposed by Catholics from north to those in south
The proposal "does not have a clear objective". "To obtain such a privilege, you'll have to show there is religious freedom. They told me this would be difficult".
05/08/2014 NORTH KOREA - VATICAN
Pyongyang rejects invitation, no Catholics from North at papal Mass
The Association of North Korean Catholics sent a letter accusing the Seoul government: "You refuse to cancel the military exercises with the U.S., the visit is impossible". An official of the Catholic Bishops' Conference: "It means that they find the question difficult to manage."
25/06/2014 KOREA - VATICAN
Reconciliation, hope and peace: Francis' "missionary challenges" in Korea
In his first visit to the Far East, the Pope will "show the path of hope and peace to a Korean peninsula still divided in two, and to the whole of Asia. The visit is a 'new beginning' for the local church and for his missionary work." AsiaNews talks to Fr Gerard Hammond, Maryknoll regional superior and expert on North Korea, and Fr Andrew Kim, superior general of the Missionary Society of Korea.
Church to celebrate the 1000th Mass for peace on Korean Peninsula
The function takes place every Tuesday from 7 March 1995. On the day of the Epiphany, nearly 20 years after the first celebration, the mass will be held in the cathedral Myeondong: the homily will be served by Gwangju Archbishop Andrew Choi Chang-moo, the first chairman of the Committee for the Reconciliation of the Korean People. Launch of the Movement for spiritual renewal, which makes catholics of the South "parishioners" of a church in the North.
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