ASIA/SOUTH KOREA - Example of a community in dialogue: Catholic priest receives a doctorate from Buddhist university

Monday, 28 February 2005

Seoul (Fides Service) - In South Korea inter-religious dialogue goes ahead also at the cultural and academic level, as it can be seen by the experience of Father Thomas Kwak Sang-hun of Seoul archdiocese recently awarded a doctorate in Research in Buddhism at Dongguk Buddhist University where he discussed his thesis on “Comparison between mercy in early Buddhist writings and charity in the synoptic Gospels”. The event was welcomed by both the Buddhist and Catholic communities as a fruit and example of collaboration between the two religious communities.
Father Thomas told Fides he is sure his studies will be concrete use for missionary activity : “Today we are missionaries through witness of life, with actions of genuine love of neighbour. Mercy and charity are effective means of mission”.
(PA) (Agenzia Fides 28/2/2005 righe 20 parole 213)