Posts Tagged ‘South Korea’

Investigators search site of South Korean lithium factory fire

Thursday, July 4th, 2024

Investigators combed the charred wreckage of a South Korean lithium factory on June 25 to find the cause of a massive blaze that killed 23 in one of the country’s worst factory disasters in years. The fire department said 23 people are now confirmed dead, including 17 Chinese nationals, with identification work ongoing. “We plan Read more

South Korea’s new coal power plant irks activists, Catholics

Monday, November 28th, 2022

Catholic activists joined by environmentalists, and civil society groups held a protest rally in the South Korean capital Seoul to urge the government to shut down the country’s latest coal power plant and enact a coal phase-out law. The Catholic Climate Action group, Catholic Creation Preservation Solidarity, and civil society groups demonstrated in front of Read more

South Korea’s Moon urges Pope Francis to visit North Korea

Monday, November 1st, 2021
Moon and Pope Francis

On Friday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in met Pope Francis, presented him with a cross made from barbed wire, and urged him to visit North Korea. Moon, a Catholic, was in Rome for the G20 summit of world leaders and held private talks with the pope for about 25 minutes, the Vatican said. The cross Read more

Half South Korea’s coronavirus cases linked to controversial religious organization

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

There’s been a rapid spike in coronavirus disease, or Covid-19, cases in South Korea, and about half of the 433 confirmed cases are linked to a secretive religious group often viewed with suspicion by more traditional religious sects. At least 182 Covid-19 cases have come from the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the city of Read more

In South Korea, abortion performed on wrong woman by mistake

Monday, September 30th, 2019

Police in South Korea are investigating a doctor who mistakenly performed an abortion on the wrong woman in August. The mix-up was due to an inadvertent switch of medical charts, and a failure to confirm the patient’s identity before the procedure, CNN reports. A Vietnamese woman pregnant with a 6-week-old baby entered a gynecology clinic Read more

Korean summit fills bishops with joy, prayers of thanks

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

The outcome of the Korean summit between President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un has been greeted with joy and calls for prayers of thanksgiving. The United States and North Korean leaders signed a joint-statement making commitments “to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.” After the summit, Trump said 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

Nuclear disarmament: religion is key say Nobel Prize alumni

Monday, November 13th, 2017

There is a major role for faith-based groups to help create a nuclear weapon-free world, Nobel Prize winners said at a nuclear disarmament summit at the Vatican last week. They suggested faith groups could use their ability to mobilise people and public opinion, and lay out the moral and spiritual case for disarmament. The Nobel Read more