Papal visit to Korea focus on youth, martyrs and peace

The motto of the journey is “Rise Korea, clothe yourself in light, the Lord’s glory shines upon you”.

Korea
Jun 19 2014, 2:49 PM
Papal visit to Korea focus on youth, martyrs and peace
Pope Francis.

Pope Francis’s Korean visit focuses on three main themes: youth, martyrs and peace. The Vatican Press Office on Wednesday released the Programme for the visit from August 14 to 18.

The motto of the journey is “Rise Korea, clothe yourself in light, the Lord’s glory shines upon you”.

The Holy Father is scheduled to meet with young people gathered in Daejeon for Asian Youth Day. He will also celebrate the beatification of Paul Yun Ji-chung and his 123 companions, victims of the persecution under Korea's Joseon kingdom. On the final day, he will be celebrating a Mass for Peace and Reconciliation at the Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul.

Pope Francis is expected to arrive at Seoul's military airport on August 14 at around 10:30 am.

He will meet the faithful at a mass on August 15, the occasion of the Solemnity of the Assumption of our Lady, at the Stadium in Daejeon built for the World Cup in Korea. He will accompany the young Asians for lunch at the Major Seminary in Daejeon. In the afternoon, he will meet the Asian youth at the Solmoe Shrine, the birthplace of Korea's first priest and Saint, Andrew Kim Taegon.

On August 16, a visit is scheduled in the morning to the shrine of the martyrs in Seosomun, Seoul. Built on the site where 44 out of the 103 Korean martyrs sacrificed their lives, it is the largest shrine dedicated to the victims of 18th century religious persecution. The beatification Mass for Paul Yun Ji-Chung and 123 companions will be celebrated at 10 am at the square in front of the Gwanghwamun Gate, another landmark in the capital.

In the afternoon, the Pope will visit the Kkottongnae House of Hope, which cares for people suffering with mental retardation, physical disability, brain lesions and psychological disorders. He is scheduled to meet with Korean religious communities also the same day at the School of Love, a centre that saves homeless people and helps them return to society through physical and emotional support. He will also meet lay apostolate officials from the facility's spirituality centre.

Later, Pope Francis will celebrate the closing Mass of Asian Youth Day at Haemi Castle.

On August 18, a meeting with religious leaders will take place at the palace of the old Curia in Seoul and at 9.45 am, a Mass for Peace and Reconciliation in Korea will be held at the Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul, followed by a short farewell ceremony. At 1 pm, the Holy Father will leave for Rome.

Source: Vatican Radio

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