» 07/05/2012, 00.00
Saint Andrew Kim, "the light that brightens our daily faith"
Joseph Yun Li-sun
The bishop of Daejeon celebrated a solemn Mass this morning, anniversary of the great martyr's beatification, on the site where he met a martyr's death. "I called on the faithful to examine their conscience to see if they live according to the right principles," he said. We prayed for the pope who "needs all the support and love he can get."
Daejeon (AsiaNews) - Saint Andrew Kim and the Korean Martyrs
"are a shining example for the whole Korean Church," Mgr Lazarus You Heung-sik
told AsiaNews. "Once a while, I wonder
what they might think of us when they look upon our efforts; whether they are
happy of our work or not. We must often examine our conscience to see if we lead
the best possible life," said the bishop of Daejeon who also chairs the
Episcopal Commission for the Care of Migrants. He spoke on the anniversary of
the beatification of the great Korean martyr.
The shrine dedicated to the saint is located in Mgr
You's diocese. After his ordination in Shanghai, the saint came home to be hatefully
killed along with fellow Catholics. "His example is the brightest light of our
Church. At this morning's Mass, I told my parishioners that they have to reflect
upon the great saint's example, and ask themselves what he and the Holy Spirit
might think of us. It might seem old-fashioned, but it is always important to
remember that we are children of God and that we are accountable to him for our
The bishop told the thousand or so worshippers present
at the site where Saint Andrew was martyred "to pray for the pope and the Universal
Church. The Holy Father needs all the support and love he can get. The Church
must renew its spur to improve every day. In our own small way, we are trying
to do what we can."
Andrea Kim Taegon was born in 1821 into a noble
Christian family, growing up in an milieu bathed in Christian principles. His father
had turned their home into a 'house church' that attracted Christians and
neophytes seeking baptism alike. When the authorities discovered him, he
refused to give up his faith and died a martyr's death at the age of 44.
Lay people founded the Korean Church and still support
it. The Christian faith arrived in Korea in the 17th century with
foreign delegations that visited Beijing every year.
However, the new religion was unfavourably received by
the local government, which fiercely persecuted it for centuries. Today 10 per
cent of the population is Catholic, growing each year in strength.
10,000 Koreans died as martyrs during the age of persecution. Two groups were
beatified in 1925 and then 1968. On 6 May 1984, all 103 of them were canonised
by Pope John Paul II in Seoul. Ten of them were non-Korean (three bishops and
seven priests). All the others, catechists and believers, were Korean.
pushed our people to react forcefully. We have faced wars and dictatorships
under the light of this extraordinary grace. We must live up to it," Bishop You
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Church building was torn down and rebuilt as part of Pudong district's redevelopment plans. Koreans visit the site to see relic of Saint Andrew Kim, the first Korean martyr.
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