Posts Tagged ‘North Korea’

North Korean gulag prisoners ‘forced to drink river water with ashes of dead inmates’

Monday, October 12th, 2020

North Korean gulag prisoners are allegedly being forced to drink river water tainted with the ashes of their dead fellow inmates. The horrific reality of life within Kim Jong-un’s gulags was exposed by former prisoners who survived the living nightmare of Chongori concentration camp. North Koreans can find themselves locked up there for acts as Read more

Pope praises Trump meeting with North Korean leader

Monday, July 1st, 2019

In what is being dubbed a “surprising development,” U.S. President Donald Trump Sunday became the first American commander-in-chief to set foot in North Korea, at the invitation of Kim Jong Un. According to Pope Francis, speaking shortly after the meeting, it was an example of the “culture of encounter.” “In the last few hours we Read more

North Koreans can’t sleep while their leader is away

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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