Archbishop Murphy Pakiam of Kuala Lumpur and Prime Minister Najib Razak at a Christmas Day tea party. Photo: CHRISTIAN FEDERATION OF MALAYSIA

SEOUL – Catholic interreligious dialogue leaders have met with their counterparts from the National Council of Churches (NCCK) in Korea to devise a series of projects designed to promote Christian unity in the coming year.

The Committee for Promoting Christian Unity and Interreligious Dialogue of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (CBCK) hosted the Dec 27 meeting with NCCK secretary Kim Young-ju, Metropolitan Ambrosios-Aristotelis Zographos of the Orthodox Church in Korea and other Christian leaders.

Raising the issue of recent religious conflicts, CBCK committee chairman Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-joong of Kwangju requested participants to come up with concrete plans for building Christian unity.
Archbishop Kim also called on local Christians to play a peacemaking and reconciliation role as the two Koreas face the possibility of war.

Among the projects confirmed by the leaders, theologians from various Christian Churches are to launch a project to write a common commentary on the Letter to the Ephesians.

A seminar titled Human Death – Understanding of Death and Christian Reflection will be held during Christian Unity Week this month.

Other events include a soccer tournament for clergy, a joint pilgrimage and a Christmas concert.

Meanwhile, a survey by a Protestant group has revealed that South Koreans find Catholicism the most credible and trustworthy religion, followed by Buddhism and then Protestantism.

The Christian Ethics Movement of Korea (CEMK) jointly conducted the survey with the Global Research Institute in November.

The results show 41.4 percent of respondents trusted Catholicism the most, with 33.5 percent for Buddhism and 20 percent for Protestantism.

The credibility of Catholicism has increased since 2008 when the survey started, from 35.2 percent to 36.2 percent in 2009.  UCANEWS.COM