ASIA/SOUTH KOREA - Bishop You: the summit in Singapore is "a new step towards peace: The path is forgiveness"

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 dialogue   human rights   politics   reconciliation   society   peace  

Daejeon (Agenzia Fides) - "The summit between the US and North Korea is a new step towards peace in Korea, Asia and the whole world. I prayed and blessed the two leaders. In those moments the sad years of the war in Korea came to my mind: the millions of people who live the drama of families divided by the border came to mind. Today there is a new hope": says Mgr. Lazzaro You Heung-sik, Bishop of Daejeon and President of the Episcopal Commission for society to Agenzia Fides, commenting on the summit in Singapore where US President Donald Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. The two spoke of a "big change" in the Korean peninsula and the denuclearization of North Korea that "will start very soon".
Bishop Lazzaro You says to Agenzia Fides: "We are happy because, with the grace of God, we see that a new time of the Holy Spirit begins. The Holy Spirit makes all things new.This spirit of novelty we live today in Korea, is the spirit of hope. We must be attentive to the signs of times and see what the future holds for us. The signs are very encouraging today and we thank the Lord for this".
The Bishop recognizes the commitment of South Korean President Moon Jae-In: "He began his mandate a year ago with the explicit aim of peace and easing of tensions. He has built relationships with the great powers like China and the United States with the aim of making progress for peace. Today we see the first fruits of his commitment".
Mgr. Lazzaro concludes: "After the declarations of intent and verbal commitments, we await the facts, we wait for the words to be put into practice. Putting them into practice means starting a path of forgiveness and reconciliation. Forgiveness is the right path. This is our hope and our desire for the future of Korea". (PA) (Agenzia Fides, 12/6/2018)