» 06/17/2009, 00.00
Theresa Kim Hwa-young
Thousands of Catholics and Buddhists against the government and President Lee
President Lee Myung-bak’s administration is under increasing pressures; accused of paying little attention to the needs of the poor, the environment and human rights. The president is told to apologise for investigating former President Roh, who committed suicide as a result.
10/09/2008 SOUTH KOREA
President Lee's apologies don't satisfy Korean Buddhists
The monks' leaders insist on the dismissal of the chief of police, and on a law against religious discrimination. But now conservative Protestant groups are also joining in the controversy. The risk is that a real interconfessional clash could erupt.
28/08/2008 SOUTH KOREA
Seoul, 200,000 Buddhist monks protest Lee administration
The monks denounce episodes of discrimination and violation of religious freedom on the part of state officials and leaders. They are calling for an official apology from the Korean president and equal treatment, denouncing "inhospitable" attitudes toward them.
29/05/2009 SOUTH KOREA
Tens of thousands attend the funeral of former president Roh
More than 3 thousand officials and diplomats participated in the ceremony at Seoul’s ancient Royal Palace. The government deployed over 15 thousand police to block anti-government demonstrations. The body was criminated and will be buried in Bongha, Roh Moo-hyun’s native village.
10/06/2005 SOUTH KOREA
Culture of life at the dinner table as well, says South Korean Bishop
Mgr Boniface Choi Ki-san, chairman of the Committee for Justice and Peace, urges the faithful to "go back to a healthy lifestyle"; he accuses multinational corporations of "threatening people's health".
Buddhist monks from South to visit North for a religious rite
Seoul has granted permission on the occasion of the 1000th anniversary of one of the most important relics of Korean Buddhism. The group, composed of 37 persons, includes the head of the Jogye Order.
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