* CBCK to Support Publication of Catholic Liturgical Books in Braille
The Permanent Council of the CBCK (President: the Most Rev. John Chang Yik) held its regular meeting on September 10, 2007 at the CBCK Conference Room and decided to actively support the Christian life of some 2,000 blind Catholics in Korea.
To promote more active participation of the blind Catholics in the liturgy and the Mass, the CBCK will support 50,700,000 won to produce brail Catholic liturgical books, such as the Catholic Prayer Book and Catholic Hymns, and to make available special software for Catholics who are blind.
Similarly, the CBCK will supply 10,000,000 won to 50 blind Catholics every year for the purchase of the Korean Bible Syeonggyeong in braille. It is to help distribute Syeonggyeong in braille continuously to the newly baptized blind Catholics through the Blind Mission of each diocese.
* Catholic Social Welfare Workers Affirm Their Communion, Solidarity and Identity
Catholic social welfare workers met for the second annual nationwide Catholic Social Welfare Congress which was organized to deepen their understanding on the policies and issues in this field and to promote awareness of the orientation and methods of Catholic social welfare activities.
Some 240 participants from the CBCK Committee for "Caritas Corea" and Caritas bodies in 15 dioceses gathered at St. J. Hasang Education Center in the Diocese of Daejeon from September 4 to 6, 2007, and openly exchanged their opinions on the identity of Catholic social welfare workers.
The Congress opened with the special lecture of the Most Rev. Lazzaro You Heung-sik, President of the CBCK Committee for "Caritas Corea," on the "Report on the 2007 General Assembly of Caritas Internationalis" which was held in Vatican City in June, 2007. Bishop You recalled his participation in the General Assembly, saying, "It was a meaningful encounter to deeply experience the beauty of the universal Catholic Church in which all the people are recognized as the children of God despite their differences." He encouraged the participants "to persistently continue your special mission, that is, to proclaim the love of Jesus Christ."
After the lecture, a seminar was held around the theme "the development of evaluation tools appropriate for Catholic social welfare facilities." Francis Park Mun-su, adjunct professor of culture and spirituality, suggested in his presentation, "The Catholic social teaching should be the reference point for Catholic social welfare workers to discern who are our neighbors and how to approach them to practice charity."