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 103 Korean Martyr Saints

 

St. Ignatius Kim Che-jun (1796-1839)

St. Ignatius Kim Che-jun

 

    Ignatius Kim Che-jun was a grandson of Pius Kim Chin-hu, who was martyred in 1814, and the father of Father Andrew Kim Tae-gon, the first Korean priest, who was martyred in 1846. Ignatius led a very devout Catholic life as long as he lived. When his son was selected by the missionaries to be sent to Macao to study for the priesthood, Ignatius realized the danger that his whole family might face by sending one of the family members abroad. It was a brave action on the part of Ignatius.
    Ignatius was accused by one of his sons-in-law and was arrested by a group of police led by the traitor Kim Yo-sang. According to a witness, Ignatius was strong enough to resist several men, but he allowed himself to be arrested with no resistance.
    Ignatius was treated as a criminal against the state, not only because he was a Catholic himself, but because he allowed his son Andrew to go to Macao against the state law. Witnesses do not say what kind of tortures he received, but he must have undergone much more cruel tortures than others. Ignatius denied his religion under the tremendous, overpowering tortures. Despite the fact that he denied his religion, he was not released from prison, because his crime of having allowed his son to go abroad could not be forgiven.
    The Catholics around him in prison tried to convince Ignatius that he would never be released even if he denied his religion. They persuaded him to change his mind, withdraw his apostasy and profess his faith again to the government officials.
    The Apostle Peter denied the Lord three times, but he repented. Ignatius too rose again and went on to die as a martyr. He appealed to the higher court and withdrew his apostasy. He was severely beaten on three occasions, but this time Ignatius was strong and courageous.
    Ignatius received the crown of martyrdom. He was beheaded outside the Small West Gate on September 26, 1839, with eight fellow Catholics. He was 44 years old when he was beheaded.

List of Articles
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Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 284522
44 김효임 골룸바 Columba Kim Hyo-im 58199
43 홍금주 페르페투아 Perpetua Hong Kum-ju 35401
42 박봉손 막달레나 Magdalena Pak Pong-son 37495
» 김제준 이냐시오 Ignatius Kim Che-jun 45142
40 조신철 가롤로 Carolus Cho Shin-chol 37455
39 전경협 아가타 Agatha Chon Kyong-hyob 39562
38 김 율리에타 Iulietta Kim 35427
37 남이관 세바스티아노 Sebastianus Nam I-gwan 30193
36 허계임 막달레나 Magdalena Ho Kye-im 39020
35 유진길 아우구스티노 Auguestinus Yu Chin-gil 58132
34 샤스땅 야고보 Iacobus Chastan 35663
33 모방 베드로 Petrus Maubant 58985
32 앵베르 라우렌시오 Laurentius Imbert 37486
31 최경환 프란치스코 Franciscus Choe Kyong-hwan 53210
30 김효주 아녜스 Agnes Kim Hyo-ju 38365



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