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Korean prelate calls Mary ‘mother of liberation’ from Japan, ‘mother of reconciliation’ today

Catholic World News - August 20, 2013

Calling the Blessed Virgin Mary the “mother of liberation,” South Korea’s leading prelate has attributed Korea’s freedom from Japan in 1945 to her intercession, according to the Fides news agency.

“The Korean Catholic Church considers it as a gift of the Virgin Mary,” said Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul. Japan had annexed Korea in 1910.

The Blessed Mother, he added, is the “mother of reconciliation” between North and South Korea today.

“The Korean peninsula is still facing serious conflict and division between North and South Korea,” he said. “Reconciliation between North and South Korea is not just a matter of the peninsula, but also the path for peace in the world … For us Christians, the first thing is to pray. Prayers help us to pay attention to the Word of God, and help us to become the instrument of his peace.”

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