Seoul (AsiaNews) - A night of prayer attended by over
a thousand people, launched on 1 July last by the Archdiocese of Seoul. It was a " Rosary marathon" to ask
for the canonization of Fr. Choi
Yang-oeb, Paul Yun Ji-choong and his 123 companions, killed in hatred of the
faith during the persecutions of the XVIII - XIX century. The
purpose is to recite 100 million mysteries for each martyr, a total of 12.5
The first prayer was held in the Myeong-dong Cathedral
of the South Korean capital on the initiative of the Commission for the martyrs
and of the Council for the apostolate of the laity: the news was re-launched by
the Secretariat of the archdiocese. Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, the
Commission director Msgr. Choi Chang-hwa and
the Council director, Choi Hong-jun were present.
The goal is to reach 100 million mysteries recited for
each Servant of God: a total of 12.5 billion prayers, which will be recited by
Catholics around the country indefinitely until the canonization of the Korean
Martyrs becomes reality. The
local Church is eagerly awaiting this decision: it was John Paul II to lead the
way in 2003 when he proclaimed the group Servants of God. The bBishop of Daejeon, Msgr. Lazzaro
You Heung-sik, has already invited Pope Francis to Korea for the event.
After an hour of prayer, the archbishop of the capital
gave a short speech to those present: "The Lord gives
great blessings through the prayer of Rosary. It is the prayer that gives us
the strength to overcome every difficulty in our life. We thank the Lord for
his grace, and pray together for the canonization of the Korean martyrs. "