Korean Bishops' Pilgrimage on foot to martyrs' shrines
The Archdiocese of Seoul has proclaimed September as the ‘Month of the Martyrs’ in memory of those who gave their lives for the Gospel in Korea.
Twenty-one Korean Bishops made a pilgrimage on foot to martyrs' shrines in Seoul to celebrate the Year of Faith and the Month of Martyrs on September 10.
The Archdiocese of Seoul has proclaimed September as the ‘Month of the Martyrs’ in memory of those who gave their lives for the Gospel in Korea. September 20 is celebrated in memory of the 103 martyrs killed during the persecution that raged in the country from 1839 to 1867.
The Bishops were accompanied by some 300 priests, religious and lay persons who had the opportunity to reflect on the spirit of martyrdom that characterized their ancestors in faith.
The pilgrimage began with an opening prayer in the chapel at the Songs in Theological Campus in the Catholic University of Korea, where some relics of Saint Andrew Kim Dae-gon (1821-1846) are preserved. The martyr, canonized by John Paul II in 1984, was the first Korean priest.
The Bishops walked by the site of the Left Podo-Cheong - police headquarter, execution site of Korean martyrs; the Myeongdong Cathedral, in whose crypt there are the relics of 9 martyrs; Seosomun Martyrs’ Shrine, built on the site where 44 out of the 103 Korean martyrs, many Servants of God and other Catholic martyrs in the earlier Church in Korea sacrificed their lives; Danggogae Martyrs’ Shrine, where 10 Korean Catholics were martyred on this hill; Saenamteo Martyrs' Shrine, where 11 priests were killed; Jeoldusan Martyrs’ Shrine, place of martyrdom during the Byeong - in persecution in 1866.
In the underground sepulchre of the church there are the relics of 28 Martyrs, a museum and a large outdoor statue of Saint Andrew Kim Dae-geon.
Source: Agenzia Fides