Meeting with Clerics of other Religions
On August 18th, Monday 9a.m, the last day of Pope Francis’ Pastoral Visit to Korea, held a meeting with other religious leaders on the first floor of Coste Hall, Myung Dong Catholic Church, Seoul.
At 9 a.m., the Pope arrived at Myung Dong Cathedral by ‘Soul’, the black vehicle. And the Pope greeted Cardinal Andrew Yeom Su Jung, Archbishop of Seoul; Assistant Bishop Basil Cho Kyu-man, the Coordinator; Assistant Bishop Jung Sun-Taek; Cardinal Jung Jin-Seok, the former Archbishop of Seoul.
The Pope moved on to the temporary vestry on the first floor of the Coste Hall, where other clerics were waiting for the arrival of the Pope. The pope greeted other clerics by passing on warm words of blessing. Bishop Hyginus KIM Hee-joong, President of the Committee for Promoting Christian Unity & Interreligious Dialogue of CBCK, was present at the meeting as the representative of Korean Catholic Church to introduce the attendees. The list of Religious leaders who were present at the meeting is as follows.
-Most Ven. Jaseung, President of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism
-Ven. NAMGUNG Seong, Director General of Won-Buddhism
-Mr. SEO Jung-ki, President of Sung Kyun Kwan Association of Confucianism in Korea
-Mr. PARK Nam-soo, Supreme Leader of Chondogyo
-Mr. HAN Yang-won, President of the Association for Native Korean Religions
-Rev. KIM Young-Ju, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in Korea (-NCCK)
-Most Rev. Paul KIM Geun-sang, Primate of the Anglican Church of Korea
-H.E. Metropolitan Ambrose-Aristotle Zographos, Korean Orthdox Church
-Rev. Dr. KIM Chul-hwan, President of the Lutheran Church in Korea (LCK)
-Mr. PARK Jong-deok, Commander of the Salvation Army Korea Territory
-Rev. Dr. KIM Dong-yup, President of the Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK)
-H.E.Msgr. Hyginus KIM Hee-joong, President of the Committee for Promoting Christian Unity & Interreligious Dialogue of CBCK
Clerics of other religions were also present at the Mass of Peace and Reconciliation at 9:40a.m.
The Pope addresses a speech to clerics of other religion in Spanish is as below.
“ Life s a path. It is a path that one cannot walk alone.
I believe that we have to walk together with other brothers and sisters in the presence f God.
And so I am sincerely grateful for all of the leaders of various religions.
It is a path that we walk together.
It then presence of God, this also is the path on which Abraham headed towards God.
Brothers, we are all brothers.
Let us acknowledge each other and walk together.
Lastly, please pray for me.
Thank you. Thank you very much.
August 18th, “Mass for Peace and Reconciliation”
Mass for Peace and Reconciliation was started at 09:40 a.m. in Myeongdong Cathedral Church and main attendees are as below. Ambassadors to Korea and entourage, H.E.Card Nicolas Cheong Jin-Seok, H.E.Card. Andrew YEOM Soo-Jung, H.E.Msgr. Yoon Kong-Hee, H.E.Msgr. Choi Chang-Moo, H.E.Msgr. Hyginus KIM Hee-joong, H.E.Msgr. Cho Hwan-Kil, and Episcopate, Clerics of other religions, under privileged second class citizens such as victims of enforced sex slavery for Japanese army, people with disability, North Korean defector, Multi-Culture Family, Residents of complication area, People committed to South and North Korea relation, Officers of Administration, Legislation, Judicature, economic, labor, culture & art, Presbyterium, Church realtors, the Foreign Secretary, the Ministers of Unification and Gender Equity & Family, the Sub-principal of Minister of Culture-Sport, and Minister of Apostolic Nuncio to Korea
“The Mass for Peace and Reconciliation” was held at 9:40 a.m., at Myeongdong Cathedral Church. Concelebrants were H.E.Card. Andrew YEOM Soo-jung, Archbishop of Seoul (and Apost. Adm. of Pyongyang) and H.E.Msgr. Peter KANG U-il, President of Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea (CBCK). The President Park, Geun-hye arrived at 9:35 a.m., Myeongdong Cathedral and seated at the wing sit on the right side of the altar.
Around at 9:40 a.m. The Pope wore chasuble and prayed for a few moment after getting out of vestry. Then, he had entrance parade at the entrance of basilica. Then, the Pope victims of enforced sex slavery for Japanese army and made a deep bow to them while saying hello. He had a talk with them for a while in there. Conversations were translated by Rev.Fr. John CHONG Che-chon, S.J., Secretary-interpreter for the Holy Father. Kim Bok-dong(89), victim of enforced sex slavery for Japanese army, gave a butterfly badge and the Pope put it on his chasuble. Then, the Pope went up to the altar after he greeted residents of Gangjeong village, fired laborers of Ssangyong Motors, residents of Milyang, victims’ families of Yongsan accident, and people with disability. The Pope met people who need consolation for 10 minutes.
The first reading of the day was offered according to the prayer and the readings from the liturgy of the Mass for Reunification of South and North Korea, which is offered annual basis on every June 25th or on a Sunday a week before it.
The reading and Listening Liturgy of Word were extracted from Old and New Testaments, and lay faithful were reflected regarding sufferings of Korean tragedy and it’s longing for Peace by mating it into Zion’s trail in 2000 years ago.
The first reading was about Deuteronomy from Old Testament. It was a part of preach when Moses left Zion as a will. “If you regret and listen to Lord’s words in spirit, Lord will round you up from all the ethnic group race whom Lord had scattered. Actor Ahn, Seong-gi(John the Evangelist) was in charge of the first reading. Responding song was sung by the Prophets of the Book of Jeremiah, “Lord, please round your scattered people up.” The Gospel of Matthew and read, “If two persons among you all ask and pray together, Lord will answer. You should forgive not only seven times but also even seventy seven times.”
Homily was delivered in Italian. The Pope entreated, “We can view phrase from the Bible in an historic light which is the experience of division and conflict for more 60 years of Korean people. I plead you to believe in the power of the Cross, to embrace reconciling grace pleasantly and share with others, and to attest the reconciliation message in all domains.”
Also the Pope ended his holiness homily saying, “I want Korean faithful are prepared for the dawn of the new day. It is the day the land of the morning calm is delighted for harmony and peace with God’s blessing.”
The pray of laity was praised by both boy and girl high school students, Ki-Yeon Cho, the Vice president of Seoul Archdiocese Laity Apostate, Young-Shin Park, the North Korea support team manager in Korea Caritas International, and Hye-Jung Oh, a num of the Committee of National Reconciliation. After the Eucharistic Communion, Cardinal Andrew Soo-Jung Yeom addressed farewell, “Please pray for the peace in Korea Peninsular and the world. We will pray and work on making gradual change for Peace and R
econciliation of the community and the world.”
The Mass was ended in 1 hour and 30 minutes which is 30 minutes shorter than expectation. Entering group was small and all ceremony was processed with no unnecessary parts, and all participants were able to focus on Pope Francisco’s Homily. Accordingly to a member of department of liturgy in committee of the Popes Pastoral visit to Korea, it is because Pope Francis doesn’t want a long parade and big ceremony.
*Regarding Martyr remains visit which is located in the basement of the Church, please refer to August 18th Mass script for the purpose of broadcasting* ?