As tensions mount in Korea, bishops pray for peace

(UCAN) As tensions rise over North Korea’s missile and nuclear program, Korean bishops are encouraging Catholics in South Korea to ask for the Blessed Mother’s intercession for peace on the peninsular.

The bishops, including Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul, made this part of their message in celebration of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary which falls Aug. 15.

In his message, Cardinal Yeom asked Catholics to pray the rosary in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparition in Fatima.

“The Virgin Mary urged us to pray the rosary for the conversion of sinners and for peace in the world,” said Cardinal Yeom. “The rosary is our spiritual weapon to defeat evil effectively and it will help us overcome challenges in our faith and transfigure us to become workers for world peace,” he said.

Korea was liberated from Japanese colonial rule on Aug. 15, 1945, coincidentally on same day Catholics celebrate the feast of Mary’s assumption. The Catholic Church in Korea is also dedicated to the Blessed Mother and it considers its liberation as a “gift from Mary.” [More]