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South Korean bishops call for an end to the death penalty

Feb 14, 2019

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

Oct 18, 2018

By Courtney Mares

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

Oct 9, 2018

By Courtney Mares

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

Sep 20, 2018

By Courtney Mares

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

The flags of North and South Korea.

Vatican diplomat hopeful about prospect of peace on Korean peninsula

Jul 6, 2018

The Vatican's top diplomat expressed hope Thursday that efforts to bring lasting, stable peace on the Korean peninsula will bear... Read more

The flags of North and South Korea.

Pope Francis meets with North, South Koreans in Geneva

Jun 21, 2018

By Elise Harris

In a move aimed at bridging political as well as ecumenical divides, Pope Francis during a day-trip to Geneva met... Read more

North and South Korea flags.

Novena for North Korea sheds light on issues beyond denuclearization

Jun 16, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Following two historic summits involving North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un, South Korea’s bishops are calling on Catholics to pray... Read more

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with US President Donald Trump at the start of the US-North Korea summit, on Sentosa Island, Singapore, June 12, 2018.

Korean bishops call for prayer amid ‘joy’ after Trump-Kim North Korea summit

Jun 12, 2018

By Courtney Mares

At a highly-anticipated summit on June 12, President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un signed a joint-statement making commitments... Read more

Posters of South Korean President Moon Jae-In and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un during a rally on April 26, 2018 in Seoul.

Bishop: With historic Inter-Korean Summit, 'God answered our prayers'

Apr 27, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Local bishops called the Inter-Korean Summit an answered prayer after the leaders of the two Koreas signed a peace agreement... Read more

The flags of North and South Korea.

Vatican's Korea diplomat to help bridge the gap between North and South

Mar 9, 2018

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican’s recent diplomatic appointment to South Korea gained added significance as President Donald Trump announced that he will meet... Read more

North Korean defector Mi Jin Kang, with the Korean sisters who taught her about the Catholic faith. Courtesy photo.

From North Korea to Catholicism: Mi Jin’s answered prayer

Feb 16, 2018

By Courtney Mares

During her childhood in North Korea, Mi Jin Kang never believed in the existence of God, until one person began... Read more

Saint Andrew Kim Taegon.

Amidst the Pyeongchang Games, remembering Korea’s martyrs

Feb 13, 2018

As the 2018 Winter Olympic Games continue in Pyeongchang, the world is watching Korea for more than just sports.  Read more

Yuna Kim.

Catholic skater Yuna Kim lights the Olympic torch

Feb 9, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Catholic Olympic gold-medalist Yuna Kim lit the torch at the Opening Ceremony for the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South... Read more

North and South Korea flags.

South Korean president seeks Pope's support in reconciliation efforts

May 30, 2017

By Andrea Gagliarducci

On the eve of President Trump’s visit to the Holy See, the newly elected president of South Korea sent a... Read more

Seoul, South Korea.

South Korean Catholics rally against use of nuclear power

May 15, 2017

South Korean Catholics are opposing both the country's reliance on nuclear power and the U.S. missile defense system recently established... Read more

South Korean archbishop voices hope for new president

May 10, 2017

An archbishop in South Korea encouraged the country's new president to bring unity to a nation struggling both from recent... Read more

Can South Korean Catholics evangelize Asia?

Nov 10, 2016

Catholics in South Korea have a unique position to evangelize, one scholar says.  Read more

Pope Francis is recieved at the presidential palace in Seoul, Aug. 14, 2014.

Will the Catholic Church have a growing role in Korean reconciliation?

Aug 24, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

With an increasing number of faithful, the Catholic Church in South Korea may foster a climate of reconciliation and peace,... Read more

Cardinal Yeom of Seoul visits healthcare workers who have cared for Mers patients, July 8, 2015.

Korean cardinal praises medics' courage in face of Mers outbreak

Jul 11, 2015

The recently-elevated cardinal of Seoul has expressed his gratitude to the doctors and nurses of the Catholic Medical Center for... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to religious communities at the Training Center 'School of Love' in Kkottongnaeon, South Korea, Aug. 16, 2014.

Pope reiterates lessons from Korea in meeting with nation's bishops

Mar 12, 2015

His trip last August to South Korea was on Pope Francis' mind Thursday when he met with the nation's bishops,... Read more