Message to the 19th President of Korea
I would like to congratulate Mr. Moon Jae-in, presidential candidate of the Democratic Party, on his election as a new president of South Korea.
Over the last few months, we have gone through a difficult time of national split relating the impeachment of the former president Park Geun-hye. Finally, The Constitutional Court of Korea decided the impeachment of former president Park and the early presidential election was held on May 9, 2017 when Mr. Moon Jae-in was elected as a new president of Korea.
Now we are in urgent need of a credible leader who keeps principles and steps towards true peace and justice beyond today’s conflicts and confrontations.
May the new president be a great leader who can make democracy take root in this country, and bring peace and prosperity to the Korean people.
I hope that the new president will lead this nation to be one where in spirit of the Constitution, the vulnerable and disadvantaged in the society can be treated with human dignity and respect, where everyone enjoys the right to freedom of thought and conscience, expressing and communicating one’s opinion without any restriction. I would like him to promote balanced development of the nation, and to appoint his staff in a fair and impartial manner so that all selected competent persons may take part in the new government administration. We also would like him to propose a clear vision and governmental management philosophy for the future which can make all Korean people in the North and South Korea reconciliate and coexist in peace.
I pray President Moon may be a faithful servant working for all Korean people and under him Korean people may live together in unity.
May the day when justice shall surge like water and goodness like an unfailing stream (Am 5,24) come near.
I would like to extend our sincere congratulations to President Moon once again.
+ Hyginus KIM Hee-joong
Archbishop of Gwangju
President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea