NEWS for Wednesday-Thursday, August 16-17, 2000
KOREAN CATHOLIC URGED TOWARD UNITY
SEOUL, Aug. 14 (FIDES/CWNews.com)
In a message dated August
15-- which is both the feast of the Assumption and the national
holiday of Korea-- Archbishop Nicholas Cheong of Seoul has called for
special prayers for the country, both North and South.
Archbishop Cheong said that the Marian feast and national holiday
(which celebrates the anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japan)
should be the occasion for a new national commitment to "genuine
liberation, unification, and prosperity."
August 15 is also the date set for the first meeting for separated
Korean families: a hundred persons from the north and a hundred
from the south, representing families divided 50 years ago by the
Korean War. Seoul government statistics indicate that there are more
than 1.2 million people belonging to families divided by the war;
their children number about 7 million. This year, for the first time
since the war, these families will be able to travel across the
boundary that divides North and South Korea to attend family
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