Vatican offers solidarity over flight MH370, Korean ferry tragedies

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican has expressed sorrow over Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 which went missing with 239 passengers and flight crew on board, and the recent Korean ferry tragedy. Cardinal Antonio Maria Veglio, president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, in a letter to Fr Eugene Benedict, [...]

Asian Marriage Encounter teams share challenges, joys, directions

Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) teams from around Asia discussed the direction their movement would take and shared their joys and challenges at a conference in Singapore recently.Thirty-nine members of National Ecclesial Teams (NET), each of which comprise a co-ordinating couple and priest, met from Sept 6-12 at the Marriage Encounter House in Punggol for the [...]

Spiritual preparations for Asian Youth Day in Korea

On June 26, close to 50 youths gathered at the Office for Young People (OYP) at Lorong Low Koon, to begin spiritual preparations for their pilgrimage to South Korea for the sixth Asian Youth Day to be held from Aug 9-18.  The night began with some icebreakers to help pilgrims get to know each other. [...]

The Church In Korea (1950)

War is raging in Korea and millions there are in agony. How can we be indifferent to the fate of our Korean brothers and sisters’? They are all creature::; of God like ourselves. And among them are Catholics, redeemed as we have been redeemed, by Christ’s Precious Blood, members of the great Christian family, our [...]

The Pope To Travel To Korea In August

Vatican City, 10 March 2014 (VIS) – This morning the Holy See Press Office issued a press release to communicate that the Holy Father Francis will travel to the Republic of Korea from 14-18 August, on the occasion of the Sixth Asian Youth Day, which will take place in the diocese of Daejeon.

Interreligious Dialogue Officials in South Korea

VATICAN CITY, 25 MAY 2011 (VIS) – Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran and Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata, respectively president and secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, have been in South Korea since 23 May, invited by the Episcopal Commission for Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue. According to a communique issued today, meetings with the president of [...]

Religious groups demand aid for N Korea

SEOUL – A multi-faith group has asked the South Korean government to resume humanitarian aid to North Koreans who are suffering from hunger.Religious Solidarity for Reconciliation and Peace of Korea held a press conference at the Korea Press Centre on April 12.In the conference, Buddhist, Catholic, Chondogyo, Protestant and Won-Buddhist leaders announced that 658 religious [...]

Church in Korea launches anti-abortion drive

Catholic hospitals will provide free delivery for unmarried pregnant women who will also be offered financial support.SEOUL – The Korean Church has launched a project to prevent abortions by mobilising relevant Catholic institutions to assist single mothers after they give birth.The Pro-life Activities of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (CBCK) launched the New Life [...]

Organ donations in Korea still surging after cardinal’s death

Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan seen with Pope John Paul II in this file photo. The Korean Church leader had pledged his corneas. CNS photoSEOUL – A surge in organ donation pledges after Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan’s death is continuing among Catholics in Korea.The annual report of Catholic NGO One-body One-spirit Movement (OBOS) on Dec 3 [...]

Catholicism is Korea’s ‘most trusted religion’

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH is the most credible religion in Korea, according to a recently published poll in a popular current affairs magazine.A wide-ranging survey recently conducted by the Sisain weekly showed that Catholicism came out on top as the most trusted religion, reports.Asked “to select two credible religions in Korea”, 57.6 percent of respondents [...]