Bishops encourage help and reconciliation among two Koreas


Fides news agency reported this week that during a recent meeting in Suji, South Korea the Church in South Korea said that continuing the humanitarian aid to North Korea is the key to bring about reconciliation between the two nations.

The meeting was part of the “White Book of Reconciliation” initiative, which is meant to help foster gradual reunification with North Korea and will be “published and distributed in 2009.”

During his remarks, Father John Kim Hun-il, representative of the Committee for Humanitarian Aid for North Korea, said the evangelization strategy for the country includes “offering humanitarian help and cooperation for development, establishing friendly relations, carrying out common initiatives, celebrating the Sacraments and proclaiming the message of Christ, with a view towards the reunification of the two nations.”

Father Petr Im Eul-chul said, “The key path for establishing cordial relations with the civil authorities of North Korea and for gaining the trust of the people is that of humanitarian aid and cooperation.”

During the meeting, Fides reported, there was also discussion about opening a new aid center in Pyongyang with a Franciscan brother as the director.

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