The Committee for the Reconciliation of the Korean People of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (CBCK) held a special Mass on June 25 at Peace World Park in Imjingak, near the demilitarized zone dividing North and South Korea. Celebrated by South Korean bishops and 20,000 Catholics prayed for peace on the divided peninsula on the 69th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War (1950-53).
During the Mass titled “Blessed are the peacemakers,” the bishops’ committee released a letter asking all Koreans to move away from struggles and confrontations and seek peace. In his homily, Archbishop Kim, president of the CBCK, appealed to leaders of the two Koreas to work for the common goal of Korean people for reconciliation and prosperity rather than their personal pride or political causes.
“For peace, there should be no preconditions. We need to repent the history of using force of arms against each other. I wish the year 2020, the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, will bring the signing of the termination of war and an agreement for peace. The war ended with a truce, leaving the peninsula technically still at war,” he said.