Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints

 

 Saint Cho Hwa-so Peter

Petrus Cho Hwa-so

 

 

Peter Cho Hwa-so was born in Suwon in 1914, the son of Andrew Cho who was martyred in 1839. Later he moved to Sinchang in Chungcheong Province and worked as an assistant to Father Thomas Choe Yang-eop. In 1864, he moved to Jeonju for farming. He married Magdalene Han, and they had a son, Joseph Cho. After his first wife died, he married Susanna Kim. He was about 40 years old when a new persecution broke out.
Peter was a light-hearted man. He tried his best to live like a Catholic, fulfilling his duties faithfully. He was well-known for listening to and understanding others.
Peter lived in a mountain area so remote that it was difficult to hear outside news. On December 5, 1866, when Peter was visiting his neighbours with his son Joseph, a group of police rushed in and arrested Peter. He told his captors that he was a Catholic and had learned the catechism from his father. He said that he knew no other Catholics except his son.
When his son Joseph returned home, Peter urged him to run away. Joseph would not flee but surrendered himself to the captors. The two were taken to Chonju and joined other Catholics in prison. On their way to Jeonju, Peter and his son encouraged each other to be steadfast in their faith. Even non-Catholics who heard them admired their strong faith.
Peter encouraged his cellmates in prison to accept martyrdom and to be ready for death. For this he was more severely tortured than others. It is a known fact that Peter encouraged Bartholomew Cho not to give up his faith, saying" "We will be abundantly rewarded in heaven." He reminded his son that they would meet each other in heaven. He was tortured again and again for denying that he knew other Catholics and that he had some western books.
When he reached the execution site, he made the sign of the cross slowly and devoutly and told the executioners to believe in God. Then he was beheaded at Supjeongi in Jeonju on December 13, 1866, at the age of 52.

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Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 348082
89 최형 베드로 Petrus Choe Hyong 59783
88 권득인 베드로 Petrus Kwon Tug-in 57938
87 최경환 프란치스코 Franciscus Choe Kyong-hwan 57748
86 최창흡 베드로 Petrus Choe Chang-hub 56919
85 김아기 아가타 Agatha Kim A-gi 56431
84 다블뤼 안토니오 Antonius Daveluy 55792
83 홍병주 베드로 Petrus Hong Pyong-ju 55786
82 권진이 아가타 Agatha Kwon Chin-i 55004
81 김대건 안드레아 Andreas Kim Tae-gon 53681
80 이광헌 아우구스티노 Augustinus Yi Kwang-hon 49145
79 김제준 이냐시오 Ignatius Kim Che-jun 48260
78 정문호 바르톨로메오 Bartholomeus Chong Mun-ho 48178
77 정국보 프로타시오 Protasius Chong Kuk-bo 47481
76 한재권 요셉 Ioseph Han Chae-kwon 47240
75 위앵 루카 Lucas Huin 47137



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