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The 21th Korean-Japanese Bishops’ Exchange Meeting

 

The 21th Korea-Japanese Bishops’ Exchange Meeting was held with the theme of “How Have the Catholic Churches in Korea and Japan Lived the Gospel during the 70 Years following World War II? - Evaluation and Examination on Our Past 70 Years Based on Evangelii Gaudium” in the Diocese of Yokohama in Japan from November 10 to 12, 2015.

 

Along with the Most Rev. Hyginus Kim Hee-joong, President of the CBCK and Archbishop of Gwangju and His Eminence Andrew Cardinal Yeom, Archbishop of Seoul and the Most Rev. Peter Takeo Okada, President of the CBCJ and Archbishop of Tokyo, 33 bishops participated in this meeting.

 

Archbishop Joseph Chennoth, Apostolic Nuncio to Japan, said in his greeting that a Korean-Japanese Bishops’ Exchange Meeting is a great opportunity for both the Catholic Church in Korea and in Japan with the history of severe persecution of Catholics to witness the presence of God to the Korean and Japanese people. He also encouraged the participating bishops to become the servants of the Gospel with the spirit of self-sacrifice for establishing the Church in the midst of the world.

 

In his lecture on the theme, Rev. Andrea Park Dong-ho, Director of Justice & Peace Committee of Seoul Archdiocese, said, “Internal economies of scale have been achieved. On the other hand, the distortion of distribution in Korea is getting serious. However, politics itself tends to be subordinate to the economy rather than exerting its efforts to put the situation on the right track. He also said that Catholic Church in Korea has to work to live the Gospel, being a poor Church for the poor, which Pope Francis asked the bishops of Korea when he paid his apostolic visit to Korea in 2014.

 

Rev. Takehiko Oda, from Osaka Archdiocese, specially appointed professor at St. Marianna University School of Medicine, gave his lecture on how the Catholic Church in Japan has lived the Gospel in society. He briefly explained the history of the Catholic Church in Japan, from the persecution period to now. He also said that the Kobe Earthquake of 1995 and the Tōhoku Earthquake of 2011 became a strong impetus for the Catholic Church in Japan to put her efforts to witness life through the Gospel.

 

Examining the conflict of the local community on the Japanese military facility, bishops listened to the related civic movement. They also visited Mikasa Parish, Yokosuka-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture on November 11, 2015. They listened to the explanation of the protest against the housing plan for the U.S. military in the Ikego forest. On the same day, they celebrated Mass at Yamate Parish with Japanese faithful and Korean faithful living in Japan.

 

Korean and Japanese bishops decided that the next meeting will be held in 2016 in Korea.

 

No. Subject Date Views
744 Plenary Indulgence for Pilgrims Visiting Some Churches Dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary 2009.08.14 12071
743 Messages for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 2009.08.14 11740
742 Statement Against the Legislation of a Law on So-Called 'Dignified Death' Recognized as an Euthanasia 2009.08.27 11202
741 The First Joint Retreat of Catholics and Protestants 2010.08.31 10394
740 Message for the 96th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2010 2010.04.16 10235
739 Prohibition of the Sacrament of Matrimony for the Migrant Women in Disguised Marriage 2010.11.22 9979
738 Decree of the Bishop of Suwon on the Private Revelation of Theresa Hwang of Sangju Date 2008-10-17 2009.08.27 9841
737 A Documentary Film on the Life of a Korean Missionary Priest is a Good Box Office 2010.11.01 9549
736 Benedictine Sr. Caritas, Mother of the Deaf-Dumb, Celebrates Her 88th Birthday 2009.08.24 9265
735 Forum on the Cooperation of the Government and the Church with the Management of the Social Welfare Facilities 2010.11.01 9244
734 Inter-religious Youth Make Peace Pilgrimage 2009.08.24 9208
733 International Symposium Held to the Memory of Stephen Cardinal Kim 2009.09.25 9004
732 Communications on Sept. 28, 2001 2009.08.24 8978
731 The Closing of the Tribunal Session for the Cause of the Beatification of 124 Korean Martyrs 2009.08.27 8855
730 Presentation of the Petition for the Beatification of 124 Korean martyrs and Fr. Thomas Choe Yang-eo 2009.08.27 8782
729 Message for the Week for the Sanctification of the Family 2010.12.23 8601
728 South Korean Priests and North Korean Catholics Join Hands to Commemorate Patriot An and Agree on Joint Excavation of His Remains 2009.08.24 8598
727 Message for the 27th Human Rights Sunday 2009.08.27 8479
726 The 5000th Korean Priest Ordained 2009.08.27 8344
725 Reopening of the Museum of Jeoldusan Martyrs' Shrine 2009.09.21 8237

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