ASIA/SOUTH KOREA - Cardinal Yeom to President Moon: "become all thing to all"

Thursday, 11 May 2017 politics   peace   reconciliation   local churches   religious freedom   human rights   economy  

Seoul (Agenzia Fides) - "Become all thing to all" as St. Paul says in the Letter to the Corinthians: this is the far-sighted and original wish that Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, Archbishop of Seoul, addressed to the new President of the Republic of Korea, Catholic Moon Jae-in, of the Democratic Party. In a congratulatory message sent by the archdiocese of Seoul to Agenzia Fides, the Cardinal said: "The 19th presidential election is a crucial time for the future of our Country. I would like to express my congratulations to Mr. Moon Jae-in on his election as the President of Korea. I would also like to say thank you to the other candidates for their hard work".
"The people of our country - continues the text - have entrusted President Moon with a great responsibility. I pray that you will "become all thing to all" (1 Corinthians 9:22). I offer my prayers that God will give you strength and wisdom to meet the difficult challenges that face Korea".
In particular, the hope expressed by Cardinal Yeom is that "Moon exercises his office to pursue justice, peace, and the common good, especially in care of the most vulnerable". "May God bless you as you prepare for your service to the Republic of Korea and its citizens".
What the Korean Church appreciates in the new president is the already announced approach of opening and negotiating relations with the North. The observers relate it to the "Sunshine Policy", of his predecessor Catholic Kim Dae-jung who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. To build peace and reconciliation in the Korean Peninsula, and to ward off war winds, Moon intends to boost economic co-operation in order to contribute to the well-being of the Korean population in the North. This is the right path, judged by Moon, to loosen the tension and proceed towards a gradual reunification. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 11/5/2016)