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Korea in welcoming mood for upcoming papal visit
Aug 12, 2014
Banners welcoming Pope Francis are hung around Gwanghwamun Gate in central Seoul on August 11, three days ahead of the papal visit. (photo: Jeon Han)A welcoming mood can be seen across Seoul as the city prepares to welcome the head of the Roman Catholic Church. A stage is being e...


Seoul pilgrimage trail shares spirit of Catholic martyr...
Aug 12, 2014
The first Korean Catholic priest, St. Andrew Kim Dae-geon, sent a letter before he was martyred. "Believers," he said, "should be one in heart and mind though they are all different. They should not forget love and should help each other endure. Everything on earth is done by God...


'Pope is humble, simple': Italian journalist
Aug 12, 2014
“Pope Francis once said, ‘A priest should smell of sheep. If a priest were, let’s say, a shepherd, he must smell of sheep, as he has to be the person closest to his sheep.’ Likewise, a priest must be the person closest to his people, smelling and smelling of their flesh.” Christi...


Media prepares for pope's visit
Aug 11, 2014
There are only four days to go before Pope Francis arrives in Seoul. Part of Korea's foreign press corps shoots in the Yakhyeon Catholic Church, the first-ever Western-style cathedral in Korea, on August 6. In honor of the pontiff’s first visit to Korea, the Korean Culture a...


Signs of autumn in late summer
Aug 08, 2014
Blue skies without a cloud in sight and a cool breeze greeted Seoulites early on August 8. Nodeulseom Island is in clear view from the Dongjak Bridge. (photo: Jeon Han) A day after Ipchu, 立秋, the traditional beginning of fall, a crisp dawn air and deep, piercingly blue skies gre...


Hiking, the national identity of Koreans: WaPo
Aug 01, 2014
About 70 percent of Korea’s territory is mountainous. Its capital city, Seoul, is surrounded by mountains, including Bukhansan, Gwanaksan, Inwangsan, Buaksan and Dobongsan. Ranging from short, simple walks to rock climbing with the necessary equipment, these mountains offer hikin...


Life Trail follows the path of Catholic martyrs in Seou...
Jul 25, 2014
Seoul's Seosomun Historical Park is where a great number of Catholics were executed amid the persecutions that took place during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Earlier this year, it was officially designated as a "historical park." Pope Francis will honor the martyrs during his ...


Youths receive recognition at int’l Olympiads
Jul 25, 2014
Three groups of highschoolers have put forth noticeable performances in three international Olympiads. The Korean team recently won the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) for the second year in a row, and in two separate international competitions covering IT and biology, the ...


The Gospel Trail: from Myeongdong Cathedral to St. Andr...
Jul 23, 2014
The Archdiocese of Seoul dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries, when Catholicism and religious belief began to spread with the study of Western learning. Yi Seung-hun, the first Korean convert, christened as Peter in Beijing, returned home in 1784 and began teaching the Gospe...


Korea receives awards in int’l math, physics competitio...
Jul 23, 2014
Korean high school students have recently received remarkable results in a series of international scientific competitions. Korea took seventh place in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), held in South Africa earlier this month, and the country was also the silver winn...