ASIA/SOUTH KOREA – President-elect Yoon visits the Catholic Church and serves meals at the soup kitchen

ASIA/SOUTH KOREA – President-elect Yoon visits the Catholic Church and serves meals at the soup kitchen

Seoul (Agenzia Fides) – “I hope he will keep his promises to restore justice with a policy of unity and not of division”, said Bishop Peter Chung Soon-taick during his meeting in his office in Seoul, with President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol and Korean Catholic MPs, the day after the election of the new South Korean president. Yoon Suk-yeol, a former candidate for the attorney general of the conservative People’s Power Party (PPP), was elected president in the March 8, 2022 election, with the preferences of about 77 percent of Korea’s 44 million voters. Archbishop Peter Chung, Archbishop of Seoul and Apostolic Administrator of Pyongyang, received President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol, also Catholic like the previous Korean President Moon Jae-In, on March 30. After the meeting and conversation, President Yoon visited the “Myeongdong Babjib Soup Kitchen”, opened by Cardinal Andrew Yeom in January 2021, and, in a gesture of volunteerism and service to the poor, served meals to those without. -shelter. At their first meeting last February, Bishop Chung asked Mr. Yoon “to listen more deeply to the voices of the poor and needy.” To keep his promise, Yoon, who was baptized into the Catholic faith as Ambrosio, visited “Myeongdong Babjib”, a soup kitchen run by the “One Body One Spirit Movement”, and located right next to the Myeongdong Cathedral. free meals for the homeless every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and welcomes around 1,500 homeless every week. As reported to Agenzia Fides by the Communication Office of the Archdiocese of Seoul, on the morning of day, Msgr. Chung went to the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea and presided over a mass for the group of Catholic deputies present, in the various parties, within the National Assembly. During the celebration, Bishop Chung underlined that “for a Christian, the will of God must take precedence over any reign of political parties”, recalling that “we must reflect on our policy and see if it is fully imbued with the will of God “. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 4/5/2022)


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