Posts Tagged ‘North Korea’

North Koreans can’t sleep while their leader is away Comments 0

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

North Koreans are pining for their leader and enduring sleepless nights during his week-long trip to Vietnam, if the reclusive country’s state-controlled media is to be believed. According to NK News, some North Koreans have decided to give up alcohol for the duration of Kim’s trip to Hanoi in order to demonstrate their loyalty. Continue reading Related Read more

South Korea’s Cardinal will go with Pope to North Korea Comments 0

Monday, November 12th, 2018

South Korea’s Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung says he would greatly welcome a visit from Pope Francis to North Korea and would be willing to accompany him during his trip. Yeom, who is the archbishop of Seoul, also serves as the acting chief of North Korea’s Pyongyang Diocese. According to Lee Hae-chan, the chief of the Read more

North Koreans telling their stories at churches in Auckland Comments 0

Monday, May 21st, 2018

A group of North Koreans have been visiting Auckland to share their experiences at churches around the city, spreading the word about their escape. The group is part of a Christian mission led by a South Korean pastor Kwang Choi. Park Sung Il a former North Korean labourer, remembers clearly the hazardous journey he had Read more

Korean bishops say prayer led to peace agreement Comments 0

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Korean bishops say the peace agreement between North and South Korea is an answered prayer. “The Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Reunification on the Korean Peninsula is a historical event. It “opens the era of reunification of the Korean peninsula and is a gospel of hope on this earth,” Archbishop Kim Hee-Jung of Gwangju Read more

New apostolic nuncio to encourage North-South Korea peace Comments 0

Monday, March 12th, 2018

The new apostolic nuncio to South Korea, Monsignor Alfred Xuereb, will be working towards improving relations between North and South Korea. He will also actively encourage peace initiatives in the region. Monsignor Marco Sprizzi has been in charge of the Nunciature in Seoul since the retirement of Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla last year. He Read more

Vatican delegation official observers at Winter Olympics Comments 0

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

The Vatican has been invited by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to send a delegation as an official observer to the Winter Olympics. The Games are being held in South Korea. The IOC annual meetings the Vatican delegation will observe are scheduled for 5-7 February. At the meetings, voting members will discuss policy issues relating to Read more

North Korea-U.S.: dangerous game of brinkmanship Comments 0

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Remember the game of chicken? It’s a foolishly high-stakes challenge in which two drivers risking death, drive on a collision course towards each other until one of the drivers chooses to swerve away. Since neither driver wants to be called “chicken,” meaning coward, they both push the decision to swerve away to the last possible Read more

Talk: reduce North Korea-US tension Comments 0

Monday, November 6th, 2017

“We need to open the dialogue” to reduce tensions between North Korea and the United States, says  Stephen Colecchi. Colecchi is the director of the U.S. bishops’ Office of International Justice and Peace. He was one of three panelists at a Georgetown University forum discussing the issue. “The only way to open up the relationship Read more

Vatican: Nukes won’t save us – sign the treaty Comments 0

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Nukes won’t save the world. They are “a force for instability and any claims they promote peace are chasing illusions,” Archbishop Paul Gallagher told a United Nations conference on Friday. Gallagher, the Vatican foreign minister, urged nations to sign the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) which the Vatican signed in 1996. “Nuclear arms offer Read more

Kiwi teacher in North Korea puts human face on people Comments 0

Monday, September 25th, 2017
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A teacher at Our Lady Star of the Sea school in Christchurch who has been a teacher in North Korea says the current situation “saddens” him as he can put a human face to the people. Tim Kearns knows that, if there were a war, the pupils he taught might well bear arms against the Read more