Seoul (Agenzia Fides) - The Vietnamese Catholic faithful present in the Archdiocese of Seoul are migrants who have settled in Korea and are fully integrated into the local Church. In recent days they participated in a Eucharist presided over by Archbishop Peter Chung Soon-Taick OCD, Archbishop of Seoul, in the Archdiocese's Pastoral Work Center and celebrated 20 years of presence and pastoral and missionary commitment in the local Church.
"I am very happy to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Vietnamese Catholic Community here in Seoul", said the Archbishop, expressing gratitude for the apostolic service of many Catholic priests, religious and lay faithful over the past two decades.
Archbishop Chung is also President of the Commission for the Pastoral Care of migrants and foreigners residing in Korea, within the Korean Bishops' Conference, and wanted to recount some episodes of his visit to Vietnam as a missionary of the Carmelite Order: "At five in the morning, I heard and saw the faithful of the neighborhood arrive at the Carmelite Convent to take part in the Mass, to sing and pray with all their heart. I was deeply moved", he told the more than 500 Vietnamese who were present at the celebration.
"Living in a foreign country is difficult and requires sacrifices. All of you here endure difficulties for work or study reasons. The resurrection of Jesus is an event that gives strength, grace and blessings to all of us when we go through difficult times", he continued.
"As Jesus' disciples were sent to various parts of the world after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, you also give and sacrifice yourselves for your families and for the future of your children, but living with the love of Christ in your hearts, as apostles who practice the Gospel", he concluded, thanking the faithful for their precious contribution to the pastoral care and evangelization of the Church in Seoul. (PA) (Agenzia Fides, 27/4/2023)