Papal visit to Korea to bring hope for Asians: Seoul Archbishop

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi had recently said that a papal visit to Korea during Asian Youth Day to be held in Daejeon from August 10 to 17 is under consideration.

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Feb 04 2014, 3:14 PM
Papal visit to Korea to bring hope for Asians: Seoul Archbishop

An apostolic visit by Pope Francis would motivate the Korean Church to continue its evangelization of Asia, Cardinal-designate Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul has said.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi had recently said that a papal visit to Korea during Asian Youth Day to be held in Daejeon from August 10 to 17 is under consideration.

Commenting on the possible pastoral visit, the Archbishop said, “It would be a message of hope to all countries in Asia. We hope with all our heart that this happens.”

"Every time he gets a chance, Francis Pope underlines the urgent need for the Church to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful." The Archbishop of Seoul said that this pastoral orientation must be contextualized in Korea.

"The Korean society today lives amid growing gap between rich and poor and ideological differences between progressive and conservative political parties. These divisions cause anxiety and chaos in society. There are also differences in the Korean Catholic Church and many people face a crisis of faith. I hope that a visit by the Holy Father may be the occasion for us to learn how to overcome these differences and co-exist harmoniously in the love of Christ," he said.

"Pope Francis’ pastoral approach emphasizes the fundamental teaching of the Christian faith – to help others and to love the poor. Therefore, the most important mission of the Church in Korea is to take care of the poor and marginalized. A visit of the Holy Father in Korea not only would bring great hope to the Korean Church, but also to the entire Korean society," the prelate concluded.

Source: Agenzia Fides

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