Korean martyrs provide model for today's Church, Pope tells visiting bishops
March 12, 2015
In a March 12 meeting with visiting bishops from Korea, Pope Francis reflected on his visit to the Asian country last year, placing special emphasis on the witness of the Korean martyrs.
The Pope spoke about the beatification of Blessed Paul Yun Ji-chung and his companions, saying that they had made a “beautiful witness of Christian living.” Their example, he said, is particularly needed today, at a time when “individuals are increasingly becoming isolates and communities weakened.”
The Pope encouraged the Korean bishops to pay special attention to the pastoral needs of young people, noting that youths demand a clear and understandable explanation of the truths of the faith. “They also test the authenticity of our own faith and fidelity,” he remarked.
In his remarks to the visiting Korean bishops the Pope also sent his greetings to the small Catholic community in Mongolia. He said that this community, however small, is “like the mustard seed which is the pledge of the fullness of God’s kingdom.”
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- The Pope encourages the bishops of Korea and the Catholic community of Mongolia, a “pledge of the fullness of God's Kingdom” (VIS)
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