The Committee for Life of the Archdiocese of Seoul celebrated the 'Mass for Life' on the occasion of the Pro-Life Sunday. This is the first Mass of its kind. Earlier at its meeting on August 20, 2008, the Presbyterial Council of the Archdiocese of Seoul decided , to annually observe the first Sunday of December as the Pro-Life Sunday.
His Eminence Nicholas Cardinal Cheong Jinsuk, Archbishop of Seoul, presided over the Mass along with the Most Rev. Osvaldo Padilla, Apostolic Nuncio to Korea, and the Most Rev. Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, Chairman of the Committee for Life and Auxiliary Bishop of Seoul. About 1,200 people went to the Mass, including the diplomatic delegates residing in Korea, members of the National Assembly of Korea, and the faithful.
In his homily, Cardinal Cheong said, "His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI placed, most of all, emphasis on the establishment of the proper value attitude for the cause of the protection of life." Then he continued, "It is more important to live as a decent man than to have more fame and fortune. …… A reasonable education in a family is the precondition for the upbringing of the children to be men and women who can take the life seriously. …… More active and concrete participation in the pro-life movement is the way leading to the sincere penitence in the Advent season."
Besides, the names of the awardees of the third Mystery of Life Award were announced during the commemorative ceremony for the third anniversary of the establishment of the Archdiocesan Committee for Life after the Mass. They are: Prof. Dr. Min Woo-sung, Director of the Catholic Stem Cell Transplantation Center of St. Mary's Hospital, Catholic University of Korea; Dr. Dawin J. Prockop, Professor of Biochemistry and Director of the Center for Gene Therapy, Tulane University Health Science Center, USA; Sir. David Alton, Member of the House of Lords, GB. Prof. Min and Prof. Prockap are the co-winners of the Life Science Category. Sir Alton is the winner of the Activity Category. The awards ceremony will be held at St. Mary's Hall of the Catholic University of Korea in Seoul on February 10, 2009.