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Communication on October 1

2009.08.25 14:04

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* Message Issued for the 37th Military Mission Sunday

On the occasion of the 37th Military Mission Sunday on October 3, 2004, the Most Rev. Peter Lee Ki-heon, Bishop of the Military Ordinariate in Korea, issued a message and emphasized that the Church should be the "hope" for the military mission.

Saying that the military service of soldiers is "the service for peace," he urged the Church "to provide decisive pastoral care for soldiers who exist to serve peace," as peace is "an enterprise of justice"(cf. Isa 32:17) and "results from that order actualized by men"(cf. Gaudium et Spes, n. 78).

Therefore, Bishop Lee appealed the faithful "to offer prayer and concern as well as financial support for those who are engaged in military service and in the pastoral care of the soldiers to give them hope even in trials and sufferings."

Mentioning the low rate of the youth to total Catholics and consequently the need of evangelization of the youth, he stressed that "the military mission can be a key to solve this problem." He also suggested that the Church should concentrate its energy and resource on the military mission with renewed awareness.

Concluding his message, he expressed gratitude for "those who help the pastoral care of soldiers in prayer and material support, all the soldiers, and military chaplains who accompany them."

* "Mission, Dynamics for the Growth of the Church"

For the Mission Month, October, the Most Rev. Joseph Kyeong Kap-ryong, President of the CBCK Committee for Evangelization, issued a message and stressed that "missionary activities are dynamics which sustain and grow the Church."

For this reason, he said, "Each of us should convey the message of salvation to others wherever we are placed."

He also warned about the inclination of the faithful to pursue the New Age Movement, Danjeon, Zen and other non-Christian spiritual exercises, and urged them "to learn the ways of salvation and the spiritual tradition which are inherited for thousands of years."

He continued that the current spiritual movements require discernment, and therefore, "We should recognize that we have God revealed through Jesus and the help of the Holy Spirit and that Jesus is still working for our salvation, with the Father and His Spirit."
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