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The Haemi Catholic Martyrs’ Shrine near Seosan, South Korea.

South Korean shrine celebrates designation as international pilgrimage site

Jan 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

Haemi Catholic Martyrs’ Shrine is the second Korean site to receive the honor. Read more

South Korean President Moon Jae-in presents the cross to Pope Francis at the Vatican, Oct. 29, 2021.

Pope Francis receives cross made from barbed wire from North Korean border

Oct 29, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The cross was a gift from South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Read more

Pope Francis, pictured Oct. 15, 2014. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Pope Francis to meet leaders of the US, India and South Korea in the next 24 hours

Oct 29, 2021

By Courtney Mares

All three leaders are in Rome this week for the G20 summit. Read more

Bishop Peter Chung Soon-Taick.

Pope Francis appoints new archbishops for Seoul and Nairobi

Oct 28, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Seoul’s new archbishop is a Discalced Carmelite. Read more

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

Sep 1, 2021

By Courtney Mares

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

Jul 30, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

North Korean flags in Pyongyang.

Pope Francis in Pyongyang? An intelligence chief is working to make it happen

Jul 7, 2021

By Courtney Mares

No pope has ever visited the “hermit kingdom.” Read more

Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk.

Pope Francis sends condolences after death of South Korean Cardinal Cheong

Apr 29, 2021

By Courtney Mares

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

South Korean flags.

South Korea proposes new law allowing abortion up to 14 weeks

Oct 8, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Sep 11, 2020

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

Aug 27, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Aug 25, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Aug 13, 2020

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

Jun 25, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Apr 27, 2020

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

Sep 24, 2019

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

Apr 27, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

Apr 11, 2019

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

Apr 10, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

Feb 27, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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