» 07/21/2014, 00.00
K-Pop idol, Rain, converts to Catholicism: For the faith, not for love
The famous South Korean actor and singer, received the sacrament of Christian initiation in recent days in a small parish on the outskirts of Seoul. His girlfriend is a Catholic actress but wanted to emphasize that his choice has nothing to do with a possible future marriage. A growing number of celebrities are converting: the "Queen of Pop", BoA, will be having lunch with Pope Francis during his visit to the peninsula.
15/04/2015 SOUTH KOREA
Francis effect sees jump in baptisms and catechumens in 2014
According to official data from the Korean Bishops' Conference, in 2014, 124 748 baptisms were celebrated, a 5% increase over the previous year. End to decline that had lasted since 2010. The Bishop of Daejeon: "Happy, this is a result of Pope Francis’ visit. The number of catechumens has also increased".
23/04/2014 SOUTH KOREA
Korea’s Catholic Church continues to grow: faithful now 10.4% of the population
The Bishops' Conference releases figures for the previous year: faithful now almost 5.5 million, an increase of 1.5% over the previous year. Since 2003, the statistics show a steady growth of the Catholic population.
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".
08/09/2014 SOUTH KOREA - VATICAN
Bishop of Daejeon: Pope Francis, "missionary typhoon " for Korean Church and society
The pastoral visit to South Korea "had a deep impact. 'Lukewarm' Catholics have come back to the churches, and we have many new catechumens. But the most important thing is that the Pope has led us to a great collective examination of conscience: he showed us how a Christian lives and what we need to do to improve ourselves and our community". The Pope’s appeals "become concrete examples of renewal", Evangelii Gaudium a "compass for our mission."
30/05/2017 12:29:00 SOUTH KOREA
Moon Jae-in meets the Pope's envoy and authorizes humanitarian aid to the North
The South Korean President met with Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-joong, with a message to Pope Francis. The new administration has authorized some civil and religious organizations to prepare aid that will be sent to the North. Events confirmed by AsiaNews sources
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