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Dossier August 2014

Growing social discontent

Since February 2012, South Korea has a woman as president (unique in the Confucian area which includes China, Japan, the two Koreas, Taiwan, Singapore and Vietnam, nearly a quarter of the world population), but this does not mean that it has reached equality between the sexes. However, it is an important signal and the election…

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South Korea. In search of its identity

South Korea is shortly going to be a witness to two important national and ecclesial events: Asian Youth Day (13-17 August) and the beatification of 123 Korean martyrs (16 August). Two events that will see the presence (14-18) of Pope Francis, his first apostolic journey to Asia, the first by a pontiff to the continent…

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The Catholic Church

As for the Catholic Church, after the first baptized in 1631 and the first Korean celebrant in 1783 (even if the Church officially recognizes St. Andrew Kim Taegon, 1821-1846, ordained in 1845), its identity has been well-shaped by foreign missions, but even more, by Westernization and the opening up of society after the end of…

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The challenges of the church

The Catholic Pastoral Institute, which was launched on the initiative of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in its analysis said that South Korea is facing its own crisis of faith. According to the Statistical Yearbook of the Catholic Church in Korea the number of believers actively engaged in the sacramental life is decreasing. The baptisms of…

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Advocacy

Widen the horizon of Empowered Women.

Concluding the Special Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, Pope Francis in his homily said with a witty remark that the final document speaking of…

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Baobab

Hare and the Hyena.

0ne day, a long time ago when there was a famine in a certain part of Africa, Hare met Hyena. “How thin you are looking,” said…

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Youth & Mission

Young Indios: “The world must listen to us”.

During the Synod for Amazonia, we heard stories of young Indios who struggle against environmental exploitation, in recognition of their own identity, and they want to…

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