70th Anniversary of the Establishment of Jeonju Diocese
The Diocese of Jeonju celebrated the 70th Anniversary of its establishment at the new diocesan office building on April 13, 2007. Along with the Most Rev. Vincent Ri Pyung-ho, Bishop of Jeonju, H.E. Nicholas Cardinal Cheong Jinsuk, Archbishop of Seoul and Apostolic Administrator of Pyongyang, the Most Rev. Emil Paul Tscherrig, Apostolic Nuncio in Korea, the Most Rev. John Chang Yik, President of the CBCK and the Bishop of Chunchon, the Most Rev. Andreas Choi Chang-mou, Archbishop of Kwangju, and many priests, religious, and the faithful, in all about 10,000 including the special guests, celebrated the anniversary.
Bishop Ri presided over the celebration Mass and said, "this is an occasion to praise the wonderful power of God and prepare for the new beginning of the diocese." And he added, "Let's start a journey to the new history embracing the same dream and goal with a new diocesan office building as a starting-point."
In his congratulatory address, Cardinal Cheong said, "The diocese of Jeonju has served as an example of the Church and showed the spirit of self-reliance." And he added, "I sincerely congratulate the 70th anniversary of the diocese which is now starting a new history at the foot of Mt. Chimyungjasan, where the memory of the martyrs still lingers on."
In his message, Archbishop Tscherrig said, "It amounts to be a monument to witness love and hope that you are celebrating the 70th anniversary at the new diocesan office building." And he added, "I hope the diocese will dash forward to a new millenium from this milestone for a new history."
The Most Rev. Chang, Bishop of Cheongju said, "This is a happy, wonderful and grateful day." And he hoped that the Diocese of Jeonju could be a diocese which can bring glory to the spirit of the Gospel and witness it to the whole world.
The construction of the new diocesan office building started in September, 2005. It is a five-story building and has a total area of 10,000 square meters. It accommodates not just all the departments of the diocesan office but quarters for both resident and guest priests. And a chapel is also located in it.
The 2nd Cultural Event for the Commemoration of Late Pope John Paul II
The Lay Apostolate Council of Korea held the 2nd cultural event to commemorate the late Pope John Paul II at the Coste Hall of Myeongdong Cathedral of Seoul on April 11, 2007.
Along with H.E. Nicholas Cardinal Cheong Jinsuk, Archbishop of Seoul and Apostolic Administrator of Pyongyang, and the Most Rev. Basil Cho Kyu-man, Auxiliary Bishop of Seoul, many representatives of other religions in Korea, diplomatic delegates and other distinguished guests participated in this event.
The Most Rev. Emil Paul Tscherrig, Apostolic Nuncio in Korea, said in his message, read by Msgr. Stefano de Paulis, Counselor of the Apostolic Nunciature in Korea, "Pope John Paul II was a man of freedom, full of joy. And he was also a man of strength, open mind, and pure heart."
In his message, Cardinal Cheong said, "Showing his special affection for the Church in Korea, Pope John Paul II consistently stressed the importance of the human freedom and the dignity of life." And he assured that "we can live a happy life as the Pope did, if we can be a good example in respecting life and practicing love for neighbors."
In his message which was read by Bishop Cho, H.E. Stephen Cardinal Kim Su-hwan said, "We could witness the sincere will of Pope John Paul II who dedicated himself to the faithful with the love of a shepherd as he tried to bless those who prayed for him at his deathbed." And he added, "The true meaning of our commemoration is to live a life of love for God and our neighbors following the example of Pope John Paul II."
The Rev. Kwon Oh-sung, General Secretary of National Council of Churches in Korea (KNCC) said, "The footsteps of Pope John Paul II illuminated the way for all Churches to follow." And he contended that "the Church must elevate the spirit of reconciliation, peace and respect for man, which he cherished and pursued."
With the 'Prayer for the beatification and canonization of Pope John Paul II' recited by all participants, the event was finished.
As the late Pope John Paul II passed away on April 11, 2005, the Lay Apostolate Council of Korea made it one of its missions to commemorate the late Pope with such a cultural event on April 11 every year.