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  • The 6th Asian Youth Day
  • Overview of Beatification
  • Lives of the 124 Korean Martyrs
  • Mass for Peace and Reconciliation
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Lives of the 124 Korean Martyrs
Pak Dae-sik (Victorinus)
Date of birth 1812 Sex man Place of birth Gimhae Gyeongsang-do Position/Status
Age 56 Date or martyrdom Oct. 12, 1868 Place of martyrdom Daegu Gyeongsang-do Mode of martyrdom beheading
 Victorinus Pak Dae-sik was born in Yedong, Gimhae, Gyeongsang-do (now, Siye-ri, Jinrye-myeon, Gimhae-si, Gyeongnam). He practiced a faithful Christian life after he became a Catholic.
   During the persecution in 1868, the police from Daegu and Gimhae raided Victorinus Pak`s house and arrested him with his niece Pak Su-yeon. They were both taken to the Gimhae government office. At that time his niece Pak Su-yeon was a catechumen.
   Victorinus Pak met Matthew Song and Joseph Pak in the Gimhae prison and they became friends. After they had repeatedly professed their faith in God for three days they were transferred to Daegu. They were interrogated and tortured again to force them to renounce their faith in God, but they refused. They continued to profess their faith with invincible courage.
   The governor of Daegu, on realizing that it was impossible to make Victorinus Pak and his companions renounce their faith in God, ordered that they be beheaded. Victorinus Pak, his nephew Pak Su-yeon, Matthew Song and Joseph Pak were taken to the execution ground, beheaded and died martyrs on October 12, 1868 (August 27, by the Lunar calendar). Victorinus Pak was 56 years old.
   The governor of Daegu, under the pretext of arousing public attention, ordered that their heads be hung high in the street. When Victorinus Pak`s family heard the news they went to Daegu, took his body and buried it in his hometown.