S.Korean Priests to Hold Mass in Pyongyang

      December 08, 2015 10:16

      South Korean priests are to hold mass in Pyongyang at Easter and other major feast days.

      Hyginus Kim Hee-joong, the archbishop of Gwangju and president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea, made the announcement on Monday after visiting Pyongyang last week.

      "We agreed with the North Korean side to cooperate so priests from the Archdiocese of Seoul will visit Changchung Cathedral in Pyongyang to hold mass on major Catholic holy days every year," he said.

      Kim's visit at the head of a 17-strong delegation was arranged by the conference's special committee on national reconciliation.

      People attend a mass led by South Korean priests at Changchung Cathedral in Pyongyang, North Korea on Dec. 3, 2015. /Yonhap

      They met with North Korean officials and celebrated mass with a congregation of some 70 believers at Changchung Cathedral.

      They also visited a nursery and other facilities in Pyongyang, but heavy snow prevented them from seeing St. Benedict's Abbey and a seminary in Tokwon near Wonsan, which predate the Korean War.

      "We said we'd like to start by holding mass on Christmas Day this year, but they suggested Easter instead.

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