South Korean Catholics hope new president can unify nation

(CNS) Catholics in South Korea have high expectations for unity, equality and an end to corruption under the country’s newly elected president, Moon Jae-in.

In a congratulatory message to Moon that also noted the national rift that led to the special election, the head of the Korean bishops’ conference, Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-joong of Gwangju, said the country needed “a credible leader who keeps principles and steps toward true peace and justice beyond today’s conflicts and confrontations.

“May the new president be a great leader who can make democracy take root in this country and bring peace and prosperity to the Korean people,” Kim said in his statement. [More]