* 2012 Pastoral Letters of Diocesan Bishops
On the occasion of the first Sunday of Advent, each Diocesan Bishop issued his 2012 pastoral letter and invited the faithful to commit themselves to new evangelization with ardent faith life.
For the 50th anniversary of the opening of the 2nd Vatican Council in 2012, each Diocesan Bishop stressed the importance of new evangelization in accordance with the spirit of the Council, as well as diocesan pastoral priorities such as the family or the elderly, small Christian communities, missionary works, and spirituality of martyrdom.
In his pastoral letter entitled 'New Evangelization in a New Era, Recalling the Spirit of the 2nd Vatican Council’, H.E. Nicholas Cardinal Cheong Jinsuk, Archbishop of Seoul, said that the 2nd Vatican Council is one of the most essential compass to solve the problems of our temporal society. He invited the faithful to take the initiative in new evangelization on the basis of the communal spirit reaffirmed by the 2nd Vatican Council.
The Most Rev. Thaddeus Cho Hwan-kil, Archbishop of Daegu, said that the 2011 commemoration of the centennial anniversary of the establishment of Apostolic Vicariate of Taiku (Daegu) becomes a turning point toward next hundred years of the local Church. He also urged the faithful: to actively participate in the 2nd Archdiocesan Synod which will be an opportunity for renewal; to continuously pray for and contribute to the construction of the commemorative church of the centennial anniversary of the establishment of Apostolic Vicariate of Taiku; to steadily take part in the life sharing movement in the light of the spirit of the centennial anniversary; and to take the initiative in practicing their resolutions which diocesan people had made at the thanksgiving Mass for the centennial anniversary.
In his pastoral letter entitled "Evangelization Starting from the Family", the Most Rev. Hyginus Kim Hee-joong, Archbishop of Gwangju, said, “In 2012 on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of its establishment, taking a fresh step forward to the centennial anniversary, the Archdiocese of Gwangju is to put more effort into evangelization of the family as a solid base for new evangelization.” Hence he decided that the Archdiocese of Gwangju is to observe the ‘Year for Family’ for three years from 2012. He hoped that through the year for family, Christian families would harmoniously bear witness to praying, proclaiming the Gospel, and serving the world.