Catholics allowed to cross border to attend Mass. (World).
The North Korean visitors, seated in a pew near the altar, bowed their heads after receiving Communion from Auxiliary Bishop Lucas Kim Un-hoe of Seoul, who presided at the Mass. As many as 1,200 South Korean Catholics also attended the Mass.
In his homily, Kim said the Mass is an important step in the national reconciliation and reunification process. He also expressed hope that the North Korean Catholic church would have priests soon. According to the Catholic association in North Korea, some 3,000 Catholics live in North Korea, but there have been no priests, nuns, brothers or seminarians since the 1950-53 Korean War.
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|Title Annotation:||North Korean Catholics to attend Mass in South Korea|
|Publication:||National Catholic Reporter|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Mar 21, 2003|
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