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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

Feeding people during the Covid-19 emergency.

With the declaration of the health emergency in Ecuador, all activities and services taking care of poor people were suspended. The experience of Caritas’ dining…

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Baobab

The Herons and the Tortoise.

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful lake, near a big mountain. There lived many animals in the water and on the banks of the…

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Youth & Mission

Young People lead the protest against racism, discrimination and social…

More and more young people are joining protests around the world and are playing an increasingly important role to protest against racism, discrimination and social inequality. Is…

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