Korean martyrs model of holiness: Archbishop

Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decree for the martyrdom of the Servants of God, Paul Yun Ji-chung and 123 of his companions.

Korea
Feb 12 2014, 6:37 PM
Korean martyrs model of holiness: Archbishop
A picture of the Korean martyr saints.

Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul has said the beatification of Korean martyrs, killed in Korea between 1791 and 1888, was great news for the Korean Church. “I am full of joy and I thank the Holy See for such a decision," he said.

With the decree signed on February 7, Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decree for the martyrdom of the Servants of God, Paul Yun Ji-chung and 123 of his companions.

“I want to share this happiness with all those who have worked in the process of beatification and all the faithful who pray earnestly for the canonization,” the Cardinal-designate said on the successful outcome of the cause of beatification of the Korean Martyrs.

He expressed "gratitude to all those in Korea who, at different levels, have shown interest in this event, especially the government, and all communities and sectors of society, including non-Christians."

The Archbishop said that the event has a great value for the Korean Church today, "Looking at the history, the Korean martyrs are great models of holiness; they crossed the barriers of social status and loved their neighbour without gender discrimination, social class, religion. They were promoters of human rights and had an important role in the history of the entire Korean nation. Following the example of these martyrs, we are called to embrace and cherish each other in order to make the world a better place, more just and more fraternal."

Source: Agenzia Fides

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