» 02/16/2007, 00.00
NORTH KOREA – VATICAN
Joseph Yun Li-sun
Pope writes letter to North Korean Catholics
This is the reply of the Holy See to a Christmas card sent by the National Korean Catholic Association. It will be delivered during a visit by a Caritas delegation to Pyongyang on 27 March. Mgr Lazzaro You Heung will lead the delegation.
20/10/2006 SOUTH KOREA NORTH KOREA
Caritas to "continue work for people in North" after nuclear test
The decision was taken at the end of a two-day meeting at the headquarters of Caritas Internationalis. Participants told AsiaNews that charity means unconditional love and that the mission of the Church, "as repeated several times by the Holy See", consists in being close to those who suffer. The North Koreans were given copies of Deus Caritas Est.
07/06/2006 NORTH KOREA
After nearly 60 years, mssionary enters North Korea
The story of Fr Hammond who is allowed to cross the 38th parallel twice a year. There are no priests in the country but there is a "Catholics' Association"; there are no religious symbols at its headquarters, only a photo of Kim Jong-il.
18/10/2006 SOUTH KOREA NORTH KOREA
Nuclear test "affects Caritas aid for the people"
The director of the Korean Caritas, Fr Paul Jeremiah Hwang Yong-yeon, was the first foreigner to cross the border with North Korea after Pyongyang announced that it had carried out a nuclear test. He told AsiaNews how this experiment is sure to deal a heavy blow to the work of the Catholic organization and how ordinary people will pay the price.
09/06/2006 SOUTH KOREA NORTH KOREA
South Korean Caritas new channel of Catholic aid to north
The agreement "implies that North Korea acknowledges the work of the South Korean section as the only channel of aid from Catholics from all over the world."
01/02/2006 SOUTH KOREA NORTH KOREA VATICAN
The encyclical "comforts the Korean Church, forced into silence in the North"
Msgr. Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk, Archbishop of Seoul and Apostolic administrator of Pyongyang, tells AsiaNews: "The Pope was thinking of Asia when he wrote Deus caritas est, because the people of Asia need to learn how to distinguish the different faces of Love".
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