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St. Teresa's cane to come to S. Korea this week

2014/12/01 15:17

SEOUL, Dec. 1 (Yonhap) -- The cane of St. Teresa will come to South Korea this week as part of its journey around the world to mark the Spanish nun's birth anniversary, a Catholic order said Monday.

Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) is known for leading voluntary reform of the Roman Catholic Church in Spain in the 16th century. She founded the Discalced Carmelites, an order devoted to quiet prayer, poverty and austerity after traveling around the country relying on her cane.

The walking stick will visit South Korea on Dec. 5-8 as part of the "Way of Light" journey, according to the Seoul branch of the Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

During the journey, a four-member delegation of the order makes a pilgrimage tour around the world along with St. Teresa's cane, marking her 500th birth anniversary.

The tour began in Spain on Oct. 15 and was to visit Carmel monasteries and churches in 30 countries for five months. South Korea will be the tour's first destination in Asia.

The pilgrims are scheduled to arrive in Seoul on Friday and leave for Taiwan on Monday, next week.

sshim@yna.co.kr

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