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The “Road of the Martyrs” in Seoul has become an international destination of pilgrimage

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The Vatican has recognised the “Road of Martyrs” in Seoul, South-Korea as an official pilgrimage site, the first one in Asia. This is an important place in the history of the Church in Korea given that 44 saints and 27 others that have been declared blessed, sacrificed lives on this road.


On Friday the 14th of September there was a Mass at the sanctuary of Seosomun— the most important monument that commemorates the North-Korean martyrs.  It was held to celebrate the inauguration of the road, which with Vatican consent has become the first pilgrim site in Asia. The historic park of Seosomun was opened to the public, three months earlier than planned because of the event.  

The Mass on the 14th was celebrated by Fr. Rino Fisichella, the president of the Pontifical Council for the promotion of the new evangelisation. Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-Jung, the archbishop of Seoul was also present along with Fr Alfred Xuereb, the apostolic nuncio in Korea who gave the apostolic blessing at the end of Mass.

“As we are descendants of the martyrs, who had to suffer great persecution for their faith, we were impatiently looking forward to the official recognition of this Korean pilgrim site,” said a joyful  Cardinal Yeom before the opening ceremony.

The archbishop launched the initiative of this pilgrim route in September of 2013. After the visit of Pope Francis in 2014, Yeom officially opened the pilgrim road with the cooperation of the local authorities.

On the official week of pilgrimage, from the 10th to the 15th of September, thirty Catholic leaders and many other young Catholics from nine Asian countries walked down the “Road of the Martyrs” and visited the sanctuary of Seosomun.

Source, photo: Église D’Asie

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