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An image of Blessed Paul Yun Ji-chung and 123 companions, who were beatified Aug. 16, 2014.

Relics of first Korean Catholic martyrs identified with DNA testing

The martyrs were among the first of thousands of Catholics to be tortured and executed. Read more

Pope Francis waves during his Angelus address at the Vatican July 25, 2021.

Pope Francis thanks South Korea’s bishops for $1M COVID-19 vaccine donation

The pope praised the ‘gesture of Christian charity, which really touched me.’ Read more

Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk.

Pope Francis sends condolences after death of South Korean Cardinal Cheong

The cardinal sought to bring peace and unification to the Korean peninsula. Read more

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South Korea proposes new law allowing abortion up to 14 weeks

South Korea’s National Assembly is considering a proposal to allow abortion up to 14 weeks as the deadline approaches to... Read more

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Korean bishops back anti-discrimination law, with caveats

A South Korean bill banning discrimination across 26 different categories has hesitant support from the Catholic bishops of the country,... Read more

Pro-life students pictured with the Apostolic Nuncio to Korea Aug. 21, 2020. Photo courtesy of the South Korean Pro-Life Students Association.

Pro-life student group sends letter to Pope Francis over South Korea abortion law

A pro-life association of university students is appealing to Pope Francis for support as the South Korean government faces a... Read more

Participants in a March for Life in South Korea. Photo courtesy of Juan Pablo Postigo.

As South Korea revises abortion law, Catholics mobilize to protect unborn life

As the deadline approaches for South Korea’s National Assembly to revise the country’s abortion law, Korean Catholics are working to... Read more

Korean cardinal to consecrate Pyongyang Diocese to Mary on Assumption

The Archbishop of Seoul, Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, has announced that he will consecrate the Diocese of Pyongyang to Our... Read more

Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul speaks at a press conference on Feb. 25, 2014.

Catholics pray for reconciliation on 70th anniversary of the Korean War

Korean Catholics marked the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War -- a war which never technically ended... Read more

Myeong dong Catholic Cathedral, Seoul.

Church in South Korea growing, slowly

The number of Catholics in South Korea increased by less than 50,000 in 2019, continuing a trend of slowing growth after a... Read more

In South Korea, abortion performed on wrong woman by mistake

Police in South Korea are investigating a doctor who mistakenly performed an abortion on the wrong woman in August.  Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Nov. 8, 2017.

Pope Francis sends message of peace to the Korean peninsula

Pope Francis sent a video message Saturday to the leaders of South and North Korea expressing his hope for a... Read more

Pro-life demonstrators in South Korea.

South Korean court finds abortion ban unconstitutional

South Korea’s Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled an abortion ban in the country to be unconstitutional, receiving mixed responses from... Read more

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South Korea's abortion ban could be overturned this week

A pro-life doctor in South Korea is asking the international community for prayers, as the country’s constituional court considers whether... Read more

US President Donald Trump (R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un sit for a dinner at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi, Feb. 27, 2019.

South Korean bishop weighs in on Trump-Kim summit

As U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meet in Vietnam this week, a South Korean archbishop... Read more

South Korean bishops call for an end to the death penalty

The South Korean bishops’ conference has called for an end to the death penalty, and asked the nation’s Constitutional Court... Read more

Mr Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea meeting with Pope Francis.

Pope Francis & South Korean president pray for peace

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in met with Pope Francis today after praying for peace on the Korean peninsula in St.... Read more

Kim Jong Un invites Pope Francis to meet in Pyongyang

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has invited Pope Francis to meet in Pyongyang, a South Korean spokesman said Tuesday.... Read more

Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul says Mass at the Seosomun Martyrs' Shrine in Seoul, Sept. 14, 2018.

Catholics in Korea look to martyrs amid nuclear negotiations with Pyongyang

As nuclear negotiations with North Korea continue, Catholics in South Korea are encouraging devotion to their martyr saints and renewing... Read more