During South Korea trip, pope will beatify martyrs, meet Asian youths
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This is the official logo for Pope Francis' August trip to South Korea. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the main point of the trip is to participate in the sixth Asian Youth Day gathering Aug. 13-17 in Daejeon, South Korea. "Asia n youth, wake up. The glory of the martyrs shines on you!" is the event's theme.
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY — The Korean martyrs who gave their lives for the faith, the young people who will be the leaders of the church across Asia and people with disabilities are the key features of the schedule prepared for Pope Francis when he visits South Korea in mid-August.
Pope Francis had said he would travel to the Asian nation to beatify 124 Korean martyrs and to participate in the sixth Asian Youth Day, a gathering of about 2,000 delegates from 30 countries.
The martyrs were among an estimated 10,000 Catholics in Korea killed for their faith between 1785 and 1888. Pope Francis will preside over a Mass and their beatification Aug. 16 in Seoul.
The pope will have lunch with young people Aug. 15 and meet a group of Asian youth at the Solmoe shrine built in honor of Korea's first Catholic priest, St. Andrew Kim Taegon, who was martyred in 1946 at the age of 25. He will close the Aug. 13-17 Asian Youth Day with a Mass at Haemi Castle, background of the 1864 Donghak Rebellion.