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Prelate praises Buddhist spirituality in face of secularism

May 15, 2013

In a message to Buddhists on the occasion of the 2,557th anniversary of Buddha’s birth, South Korea’s leading prelate paid tribute to Buddhism’s “spirituality of love and sharing.”

“Our society is full of various conflicts and divisions,” Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul said in his message. “We are faced with problems such as the rise of materialism and atheism, and the lack of moral values.”

“In such moments, I believe that the role of us men of faith is very important,” he continued. “The most important thing for us is the spirituality of sharing, mercy and love. We must carry out actions of love visible to others and become the biggest sign of peace for the world.”

The nation of 48.9 million is 10% Catholic, approximately 20% Protestant, and 23% Buddhist; nearly half of South Koreans profess no religion.


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