Seoul (Agenzia Fides) - A relic of Korea's first Catholic priest, St. Andrew Kim Tae-gon, was donated by the Korean Church and kept in St. Joseph Parish in the Archdiocese of Koupéla, Burkina Faso. As reported to Fides by the Communication Office of the Archdiocese of Seoul, the parish church of St. Joseph in Koupéla was recently renovated thanks to the funds collected by the faithful of the Yeouido parish in the Archdiocese of Seoul, as part of a missionary cooperation and twinning project.
Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung presented the relics of Saint Andrew Kim to Bishop Julien Kaboré, from the Archdiocese of Koupéla, on November 23. Bishop Job Yobi Koo, Seoul Episcopal Vicar for Overseas Missionaries, attended the event expressing gratitude and allowing the Korean-French translation.
Cardinal Yeom expressed the joy of being able to deliver a relic of the remains of St. Andrew Kim to an African church, precisely during the Jubilee of the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. Andrew Kim, celebrated from November 29, 2020 to November 27, 2021. The Prelate said: "I am very happy to have the opportunity to build fraternal solidarity between the Catholic Church of Korea and Burkina Faso through Saint Andrew Kim. I believe this will allow us to be more deeply united in the love of God", as a permanent sign of communion and missionary cooperation. "It is a great honor to keep the remains of Saint-André Kim in a cathedral in Burkina Faso. It is a sign of unity and communion of the saints. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Cardinal Yeom for his consideration. and his support on behalf of Mgr Gabriel Sayaogo, Archbishop of Koupéla", declared Mgr Julien Kaboré, saying he was" deeply touched by the history of martyrdom in the Korean Catholic Church".
Bishop Kaboré had known the history of the Korean martyrs and lived the jubilee year, striving to establish this special spiritual link between the Church of Korea and the Church of Burkina Faso by donating a relic. Bishop Julien Kaboré concelebrated Mass with Bishop Job Koo and also met the parishioners of Yeouido to express in person his gratitude and the thanks of the local Church of Koupéla. (PA) (Agenzia Fides, 26/11/2021)