Card. Oswald Gracias wishes to be touched by passion of Korean Church
Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay and President of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) wished to be touched by the passion of the Korean Church as it faces new challenges brought about by globalization. He was addressing Pope Francis Sunday morning on behalf of the Asian Bishops at the shrine of the unknown martyrs at Haemi Shrine in South Korea’s Daejeon Diocese on August 17, 2014.
Oswald Cardinal Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay
He presented greetings from the mainland bishops to the Pope, “Asian people are religious by nature, yet a spirit of secularism and materialism is creeping in. Family ties once considered so important and so deeply rooted in Asian society are slowly being eroded. Again, while the Asian soul treats life as sacred, there are rising threats to life that are disturbing in many ways. The Asian seeks and enjoys community. Now this too is being impacted upon with a strong sense of individualism”.
He said, “We are in this beautiful land of St. Andrew Kim Taegon and his companions. During this week 124 more martyrs are being beatified. It is the blood of these holy martyrs that has been the seed for the growth of the Church here. The Asian Youth Day has shown how vibrant and enthusiastic the Korean youth are. Korea is a land where the laity has played a special role in Evangelization and this becomes a model for many of our Churches. We wish to be touched by the infectious passion of the Korean Church as we go back to our dioceses”.
He thanked Holy Father for this visit to Korea in Asia and brought the person of Jesus to them.
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