South Korean and Japanese bishops call for prayers for peace in the region but with a slight difference

South Korean and Japanese bishops call for prayers for peace in the region but with a slight difference

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From Catholic World News – August 11, 2017

Cardinal urges Rosary for peace, calls on North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons

As tensions between North Korea and the United States escalate, the cardinal archbishop of Seoul, South Korea, called upon the faithful to pray the Rosary for peace.

“The Virgin Mary urged us to pray the Rosary for the conversion of sinners and for peace in the world,” said Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, recalling the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fátima. “The Rosary is our spiritual weapon to defeat evil effectively, and it will help us overcome challenges in our faith and transfigure us to become workers for world peace.”

Cardinal Yeom also urged North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

“For the safety and the future of all Koreans, North Korea should come to the discussion table and abandon their nuclear weapons,” he said.

Japanese bishops caution politicians on Korea, pray for peace

Japanese bishops have called for ten days of prayer for peace, and criticized politicians for inflammatory language regarding the threat of war with North Korea.

Bishop Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi of Niigata said that he did not expect a war, but accused “new political leaders” of exploiting the confrontation for their own political purposes.

Archbishop Joseph Takami, the president of the Japanese bishops’ conference, urged his country’s government to “practice a sincere and persistent dialogue” rather than responding to military threats. “Peace cannot be built with military power,” he insisted.

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One comment on “South Korean and Japanese bishops call for prayers for peace in the region but with a slight difference

  1. Bishop Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi of Niigata [Japan] said that he did not expect a war, but accused “new political leaders” of exploiting the confrontation for their own political purposes [emphasis added].

    Aimed at President Trump?

    North Korea’s Kim Jong-un has been “Supreme Leader” since 2010; thus he’s not “new.” “Ditto” for Japan’s Shinzo Abe as Prime Minister 2006-2007 and again since 2012. That leaves South Korea’s Moon Jae-in as a “new political leader,” becoming President last May but favoring reconciliation rather than confrontation with North Korea as well as de-emphasizing relations with the US to the point of initially refusing an American anti-missile system. And also US President Donald Trump as a “new political leader” (since last January) “exploiting the confrontation for [his] own political purposes(!?)”

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