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» 09/19/2012
SOUTH KOREA - CZECH REPUBLIC
Korean missionary in Prague: a bridge between the two peoples
by Joseph Yun Li-sun
Under the South Korean Churches’ new missionary drive, Fr. Keye Nam has been sent to the Czech capital "not only to provide support to the community of Korean immigrants, but to present them to the city and to present our country to the city."

Prague (AsiaNews) - A Korean priest who lives in Prague "can not be confined to chaplaincy for his compatriots. He should also help them learn more about the place they live in, while providing the country that hosts us a better view of our country of origin", says Fr. Keye Nam, a Catholic priest who lives in Prague to give "spiritual support" to the compatriots living in the Czech Republic.

Fr. Nam believes that "to be a bridge and meeting point" between Czech and Korean people is an essential part of his mission: "From the religious point of view, I celebrate Masses throughout the archdiocese of Prague. Regarding the Korean community, we are based in St. Vojtech, in the sixth district of the capital. " Here thousands of immigrants from South Korea live, of which approximately 120 are practicing Catholics.

The priest's mission began in January: sent by the Diocese of Incheon, he will be in Prague for at least the next four years: "A lot of Koreans work here for Hyundai, Samsung, LG, Posco and all the other Korean companies in the Czech market. They come with their families, since Seoul is one of the largest investors in the local economy: they think of staying here for a long time. "

This is why Fr. Nam also helps them discover the city from the point of view of everyday life: "It is very difficult to learn about Prague from reading guidebooks. You have to experience the city, to understand how to move about. And in this way I can also introduce Korea to the Czechs, who are very interested in our way of life and our traditions. "

The Korean Catholic Church is one of the liveliest of the whole Asian continent. Over the past five years, the Korean Bishops' Conference has launched several exchange programs with the dioceses around the world, seen as a way to open the eyes of Korean priests and to promote the unity of the universal Church.

 


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See also
09/26/2009 VATICAN - CZECH REPUBLIC
Pope: In Prague, now free, Christians make themselves heard to face the Millennium challenges
09/27/2009 VATICAN – CZECH REPUBLIC
Pope in Brno: Christ is certain hope for the Czech people, Europe and all humanity
03/18/2005 SOUTH KOREA
Giving to others the Christian faith one received
09/22/2004 south korea
More than 170 priests "on mission" among the poor near the North Korean border
12/09/2004 SOUTH KOREA - NORTH KOREA
Both North and South consecrated to the Immaculate Virgin, says Bishop of Seoul
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