In 1989, at South Korea's Olympic Gymnastics Hall, Saint John Paul II again pointed young people to look to those martyrs, as the Korean people continued to grapple with the peninsula's division.
"Your martyrs, many of them of your own age, were much stronger in their suffering and death than their persecutors in their hatred and violence. Violence destroys; love transforms and builds up. This is the challenge which Christ offers to you, young people of Korea, who wish to be instruments of true progress in the history of your country. Christ calls you, not to tear down and destroy, but to transform and build up!" the Pope said.
"The Korean nation is symbolic of a world divided and not yet able to become one in peace and justice," the Pontiff said on the same papal trip, "yet there is a way forward. True peace – the shalom which the world urgently needs – springs eternally from the infinitely rich mystery of God's love."
"As Christians we are convinced that Christ's Paschal Mystery makes present and available the force of life and love which overcomes all evil and all separation," St. John Paul II continued. "the Eucharist is the sacrament of Christ's "peace" because it is the memorial of the salvific redemptive sacrifice of the Cross."
When speaking of peace on the Korean peninsula, Pope St. John Paul II had the following reminder:
"We must listen carefully to Christ's words: 'I do not give (peace) as the world gives (it).' Christ's peace is not merely the absence of war, the silencing of weapons. It is nothing less than the communication of 'God's love that has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.'"