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Communications on Mar. 9, 2001

2009.08.24 10:49

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◎ Religious Circles Held Joint Event to Pay Tribute to Freedom Fighters on March 1st Independence Day

An inter-religious coalition composed of seven religious denominations, including Catholicism and Buddhism, held an event on the theme of "Let's join hands for reconciliation and peace in 2001" at the National Museum of Korea, on the Independence day, March 1st. About 5,000 religious leaders and believers participated in the event and marched to the Daehan Gate of Deoksu Palace in Seoul.
In the statement, the participants declared to open a new era of Korean history and work for national reconciliation and reunification under the slogan "Changing myself first".
From Catholic Church, the Most Rev. Boniface Choi Ki-san, Coadjutor Bishop of Inchon and President of the Committee for Promoting Christian Unity & Interreligious Dialogue, and Rev. John Kim Jong-su, Secretary General of the CBCK, participated in the event with many others.


◎ To Make DMZ a 'Holy Land of Peace'

About 60 civil groups and religious organizations, which have been promoting peace and reconciliation of the Korean peninsula, had an official meeting to launch a peace movement in the name of 'I Love Gyeongui Line(Seoul-Shinuiju Railway)' Movement. Also a civil association, and designated Rev. John Kim Jong-su, Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea as the president on March 2nd .
"Since the division of Korean people the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) has been a symbol of division, war, suffering and fratricidal confrontation. However, quite ironically, the DMZ has become a rare place in the world where ecology is preserved intactly. We want to make a life-long movement to preserve the DMZ area so that all life and creatures can live freely and peacefully, and make it 'a holy land of peace'. Also the Gyeongui Railway that reconnects the two divided Koreas by the railway has a special meaning for all of us. With the Gyeongui Line we will bring peace, life and hope along the North Korea, China, Rusia and Europe, and all over the world," Rev. Kim said in his address.
The to-be created association, "I Love Gyeongui Railway" plans to hold a peace festival in the heavily- fortified Demilitarized Zone this year to celebrate the reconnection of the two Koreas by the Gyeongui Railway. It will promote peace plans to hold various concerts, performances, art exhibitions and seminars inside the DMZ within this year to celebrate the restoration of the inter-Korean railway'' Rev. Kim said.
The festival planners are scheduled to make contact with government officials to get permission to visit the DMZ and hold the festival.
When the association gets approval from the government, it will raise necessary funds.
Rev. Kim also said that the association is studying ways to found a peace museum in the DMZ, a 155-mile- long zone, with a width of 4 km, came into being in accordance with the armistice pact following the 1950-53 Korean War.

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