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Three pathways in central Seoul officially named holy Catholic sites

2018/09/05 17:54

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SEOUL, Sept. 5 (Yonhap) -- Three historic Catholic locations in central Seoul will be officially authorized by the Vatican as new world Catholic pilgrimage destinations, the Catholic Church's Seoul archdiocese said Wednesday.

They will be the first Asian sites to be added to the list of world Catholic pilgrimage destinations when the Vatican officially bestows the recognition on Sept. 14 in a ceremony near Seosomun Park in central Seoul, which is currently under construction.

The park area is one of the most symbolic Catholic sites in South Korea, as the greatest number of Catholics were martyred there in the final decades of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).

The site is the starting point of the 5.9-kilometer "Pathway of Life" that leads up to the Gahoedong Catholic Church where the first Catholic mass was held in Korea.

The route, along with two other pathways in central Seoul, respectively 8.7 km and 29.5 km in length, will be granted Vatican recognition later this month, according to the Archdiocese of Seoul.

The three routes were initially designated in 2013 by Korean Roman Catholic Archbishop of Seoul Andrew Yeom Soo-jung ahead of Pope Francis' landmark visit to South Korea in 2014.

The Catholic Church's Archdiocese of Seoul will celebrate next week as "Korea Pilgrimage Week" and host 32 Catholic leaders from 13 Asian countries as part of the event.

This image provided by the Catholic Church's Archdiocese of Seoul shows the timetable for events to mark the Vatican's recognition of three South Korean Catholic pilgrimage sites. (Yonhap) This image provided by the Catholic Church's Archdiocese of Seoul shows the timetable for events to mark the Vatican's recognition of three South Korean Catholic pilgrimage sites. (Yonhap)

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