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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

South Korea flag.

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

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