» 05/08/2010, 00.00
Joseph Yun Li-sun
Pyongyang and Rome: no one knows the fate of the bishops of North Korea
For the Vatican they are "missing", but still listed as pastors of their dioceses in the Pontifical Yearbook. For the regime of the North they are "perfect strangers" and since the Eighties no official has responded to questions regarding their whereabouts.
06/04/2005 NORTH kOREA -VATICAN
North Korea sends condolences for Pope's death
The Communist regime sends condolences for Pope John Paul II's death via the country's Catholic Association but maintains its tight, repressive noose around religion.
18/08/2005 NORTH KOREA SOUTH KOREA
Archbishop of Seoul appeals for religious freedom in North Korea
Speaking before a congregation of 20,000 people, Mgr Cheong Jin-suk, Archbishop of Seoul and Apostolic Administrator for Pyŏngyang, calls for religious freedom in the North, key to the country's social development.
24/05/2011 NORTH KOREA
Still some Christians “alive and respected” under Kim regime
South Korean Protestant Pastor: "In North Korea there are still about 40 thousand Christians: some tortured and committed to labour camps, but who set an example for everyone." The Catholic Church does not confirm these figures but praises the attitude of those who managed to escape, "missionary of hope for us all."
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".
Leader of South Korea’s 7 religions visit the North
Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists of various orders and animists, a delegation of 24 people crosses (via China) the boarder and head to the North to "pave the way towards reconciliation." A source reveals to AsiaNews: "Nice gesture, but in Pyongyang they do not care about religion. They need humanitarian aid. "
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