ASIA/SOUTH KOREA - Agreement between the Holy See and the Korean Church: the Pope’s word in the local language

Friday, 2 June 2017 evangelization   social communications   mass media   holy see   pastoral  

Seoul (Agenzia Fides) - The Archdiocese of Seoul has stipulated a pact with the Vatican's Communications Secretariat to strengthen co-operation in evangelization with the aim of spreading Holy Father’s messages in Korean. As Fides learns, the Memorandum of Understanding, developed and signed in March, is made known and presented today in the Vatican, in a meeting between Mgr. Dario Edoardo Vigano, Prefect of the Secretariat for Communication, and Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, Archbishop of Seoul.
The agreement gives the Diocese of Seoul the opportunity to contribute and oversee the Korean section of Vatican Radio. The Department of Communications and Media of Seoul officially assumes the responsibility to translate in Korean and to disseminate in the Asian nation all the contents provided by the Communications Secretariat, including the Holy Father's speeches and activities, the activities of the Holy See, the news on the universal Church. 4 priests and 5 lay Koreans were recruited for the service, who will work in collaboration between Seoul and Rome.
Fr. Mathias Hur, Director of the Department of Communications and Media, expressed to Fides great appreciation and hope: "I believe it is a significant new step towards a better response to the demands of evangelization and communication. After the visit of the Holy Father to Korea in 2014, Korean people are still very enthusiastic and follow Pope Francis closely. We will do our utmost to offer and spread the messages of the Holy Father to Korean Catholics present throughout the world". (PA) (Agenzia Fides, 2/6/2017)