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2014 Pastoral Letters of Diocesan Bishops

2014.02.06 09:42

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On the occasion of the first Sunday of Advent, each diocesan bishop issued his 2014 pastoral letter. The bishops urged the faithful to find the joy of life in faith and do their best in the practice of charity, getting a taste for the words of the Bible. They also asked the faithful to continue the spirit and teachings of the Year of Faith in the new year, so that they can contribute to the new evangelization all the more.

 

In the pastoral letters many bishops stressed the locus of the family as a community of prayer and dialogue, suggesting the rehabilitation of 'family church' as one of their priorities.

 

In his pastoral letter entitled "The word of God is the driving force for the new evangelization", the Most Rev. Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, Archbishop of Seoul, urged the faithful to put emphasis on the words of the Bible in their life in the New Year. Archbishop Yeom asked the faithful to practice Bible reading under the motto "faith beginning with the Word", as an effort for the realization of 5 mottos which were suggested on the occasion of the Year of Faith in 2013.

 

In his pastoral letter, the Most Rev. Hyginus Kim Hee-joong, Archbishop of Gwangju, expressed his intention to give impetus to the prayerful family church, the proclamation of the Gospel, and service for the world, in continuation of the spirit of the Year of Faith proclaimed in 2013.

 

Most Rev. Thaddeus Cho Hwan-kil, Archbishop of Daegu, said, "New evangelization is meant to be an answer to the gift of faith given by God, with more profound acceptance and firmer conviction of the faithful." He also stressed that "the new evangelization must begin with the revitalization of liturgy."

 

Most Rev. Vincent Ri Pyung-ho, Bishop of Jeonju, said, "You will see the true image of the Church when you take the family as an example." He continued, "Society can overcome many modern chronic diseases including lack of love, loneliness, and depression, when the family recovers its primordial shape as a community of love."

 

Most Rev. Peter Lee Ki-heon, Bishop of Uijeongbu, said, "Let us renew our efforts still more for the practice of love for God and our neighbours." He counted the Small Christian Communities as the way for the invigoration of the new ardor, and he regarded youth as the first target of the new evangelization.

 

Other bishops also referred to the continuation of the spirit of the Year of Faith and the new evangelization, as well as the importance of the family as a place of first proclamation of the faith. 


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