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Communications on July. 6, 2001

2009.08.24 11:03


◎ Publication of New Korean Versions of the Bible to Succeed

Following the publication of the revised and annotated Korean version of the New Testament by Benedict Press, the Biblical Committee of the CBCK presented a new Korean translation of the Gospel of St. Matthew from Greek on July 2.
"The Church in Korea had longed for a Korean Bible more faithful to the original text with annotations to provide a deeper understanding of God's words and Christian life, and we hope to see the bound volumes of the entire Bible revised and annotated in Korean in the near future." the Most Rev. John Chang, President of the Biblical Committee of the CBCK, said.
Prior to this, the Church in Korea welcomed the publication of "Annotation of the New Testament" which came out after 27 years of work by prominent Korean Catholic biblical scholars and in cooperation with the Benedict Press, Waegwan. The project was initially made in 1984 as a 10-year project to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the introduction of the Catholic faith into Korea(1784-1984) but it took time to be completed.
Following the two publications of the New Testament, the Hannim Bible Research Institute(Dir.: Rev. Callisto Jeong Tae-hyeon) announced the publication of Genesis in Korean translated from Aramaic for mid-July. This will be the first translation of the Bible from Aramaic into Korean.
The Biblical Committee of the CBCK completed new translation of the Old Testament in 1999 with annotations according to the 10-year project made by the CBCK in 1988 and decided to work on New Testament.
To the present, the Catholic Church in Korea has used the Holy Bible, a common translation by the Korean Bible Society(an ecumenical body) that was undertaken in 1968 after the 2nd Vatican Council. The New Testament of it was completed in 1971 and the Old Testament in 1977.

◎ Pan-Religious Coalition to Abolish Death Penalty Made Street March

On June 29, members of the coalition to abolish death penalty, an affiliate organization of the Committee for Justice and Peace of the CBCK, made street march under heavy rain from the Buddhist Chogye Order Temple to Myongdong Cathedral, in central Seoul.
Prior to the street march some 100 participants from the six religions including Catholics, Buddhists, Won Buddhists, Confucianists, Chondogyo and Association of Ethnic Religions adopted a joint resolution at the Chogye Temple and declared that the death penalty that doesn't respect humane life must be abolished. The participants vowed to make all-out campaign against the inhuman system until their demand is fully achieved.
Among the participants found Rev. Father John Kim Jong-su, Secretary General of the CBCK, Rev. Paul Lee Chang-young, Undersecretary of the CBCK and Rev. John Lee Ki-woo, Director of the Seoul Archdiocese' Social Correction Apostolate Committee, Venerable Wontaek, Secretary General of Chogye Order, and Cho Won-jo, Director of the Social Correction Committee of the Won Buddhists.

◎ Caritas Coreana to Allot USD $280,000 for NK Relief

On June 28, Caritas Coreana of the CBCK(President: Most Rev. Gabriel Chang) decided overseas aids for the first half of the year of 2001.
The permanent committee of the Caritas Coreana decided to give USD $280,000 to North Korea and USD $390,000 to foreign countries including Rwanda, Tanzania, India and Ethiopia.
The Caritas Coreana increased USD $80,000 for North Korea relief aid this year to provide food and medicines mainly for children and the elderly.
"The Caritas International appealed USD $3,260,000 for NK relief aids to the international communities but only USD $30,000, or 0.92 percent of target sum came in so far." said an official of the Caritas Coreana.
For the domestic help the Caritas Coreana allotted 43,000,000 won(USD $33,076) for six organizations including the Catholic Blind Missions of Korea.
According to SK's central bank, North Korea will live on reduced food rations again this year due to a sharp fall in grain production in 2000 while country's demand for grains would reach 6.13 million tons this year.
"Rice production in 2000 was estimated to 1.42 million tons, down 12.6 percent from a year ago, and cereals to 3.59 million tons, down 15 percent." the bank said.
According to some estimates, more than one million people have died from food shortages, and associated illness since 1994 when a series of natural disasters and chronic mismanagement started causing widespread famine.
According to the World Food Program, the North's 22 million population is now surviving on 200 grams, a fistful of rice or cereal, each day.
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