ASIA/SOUTH KOREA - 11th Meeting of Japanese-Korean Youth to promote Reconciliation

Friday, 18 February 2005

Seoul (Fides Service) - Peace and friendly relations between Japan and Korea, after the horrors of war which sowed hatred between the two countries, need to be built at grass roots and therefore among young people, who are the future of society. Aware of this the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Japan and Korea began promoting meetings of sharing, reflection and discussion for young Japanese and Korean Catholics to encourage mutual understanding and respect. The 11th such meeting was held from 12 to 18 February in Korea on the theme “Living Love”. About fifty young participants representing youth movements in their respective countries had the opportunity to reflect on the themes of love and reconciliation. The young Japanese participants were guests of local Korean families and this promoted good relations with the local people. Besides listening to conferences and praying together the young people took part in recreational events. Secretary of the Korean Bishops’ Commission for Education, Rev. Stephen Han Seung-ju said besides bringing the young people of the two countries closer together these meetings “also serve to build harmony and unity among the Church in Korea and the Church in Japan”.
(PA) (Agenzia Fides 18/2/2005 righe 17 parole 176)