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Who is Julia Kim? (Eucharistic miracle of Naju).

Julia Kim was born in 1947 in Naju, a city of about 80,000 near the south-western tip of the Korean peninsula. Her father was a teacher of Chinese literature Chinese literature, the literature of ancient and modern China. Early Writing and Literature

It is not known when the current system of writing Chinese first developed. The oldest written records date from about 1400 B.C.
. During the Korean war Korean War, conflict between Communist and non-Communist forces in Korea from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953. At the end of World War II, Korea was divided at the 38th parallel into Soviet (North Korean) and U.S. (South Korean) zones of occupation. , in the early 1950s, the father and grandfather perished, together with Julia's younger sister. The years that followed were years of hardship and poverty for her and her mother. Julia could not even complete her secondary education.

In 1972 she married Julio Kim, a civic employee of the city of Naju. The Kims had embraced the Christian faith in one of the Protestant churches This is a list of Protestant churches by denomination. Anglican/Episcopal Church
Anglican Communion

Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

Anglican Diocese of Auckland
= Archdeaconry of Waimate
= Parish of Kaitaia
. Early in her married life Julia fell victim to various serious illnesses including cancer. Her life became an existence of extreme pain and suffering.

Julia was near death when the Kims were visited by a Catholic priest friend. As the priest prayed over Julia, she received an anointing a·noint  
tr.v. a·noint·ed, a·noint·ing, a·noints
1. To apply oil, ointment, or a similar substance to.

2. To put oil on during a religious ceremony as a sign of sanctification or consecration.

 of the Holy Spirit and was healed completely. The Kims began taking instructions in the Catholic faith, and were received on Easter Sunday, 1981. By now Julia had opened a successful beauty salon. She and her husband both became zealous and active Catholics. Julio is presently in charge of the neo-catechumenate program in their Naju parish. The Kims have four children and two grandchildren.

New suffering

In 1982 Julia was called to share in the cross of Christ through new sufferings. This was in preparation for the mission the Lord was preparing for her, to suffer in reparation Compensation for an injury; redress for a wrong inflicted.

The losing countries in a war often must pay damages to the victors for the economic harm that the losing countries inflicted during wartime. These damages are commonly called military reparations.
 for the sins of our society and especially for the sins of abortion.

On June 30, 1985, the Kims had been visiting a poor village north of Naju. When they returned home before midnight, Julia began to pray the rosary before a statue of the Blessed Virgin, when she noticed tear drops in the eyes of the statue. Two weeks later, July 18, 1985, she received her first message. On October 19, 1986, the statue began to weep tears of blood. On February 4, 1988, Julia received the stigmata stigmata (stĭg`mətə, stĭgmăt`ə) [plural of stigma, from Gr.,=brand], wounds or marks on a person resembling the five wounds received by Jesus at the crucifixion. . Eventually the statue began to ooze OOZE - Object oriented extension of Z. "Object Orientation in Z", S. Stepney et al eds, Springer 1992.  a fragrant oil, which ceased October 23, 1994. Julia experienced the first Eucharistic miracle
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 on June 5, 1988.

Meeting Julia

In March, 1991, Julia was invited with her husband to the United States to address one of the first Marian conferences, this one in Pittsburgh. She gave witness to the evil and sinfulness of abortion. It was there that I first met her. I had come to the conference to translate for Josyp Terelya--a Ukrainian Catholic confessor CONFESSOR, evid. A priest of some Christian sect, who receives an account of the sins of his people, and undertakes to give them absolution of their sins.
 of the faith who spent 22 years in Soviet prison camps. On Sunday, March 25, the three of us, Julia Kim, Josyp Terelya and I were invited to preside at the coronation of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima Our Lady of Fatima (pron. IPA ['fa.ti.mɐ]) is the title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary by those who believe that she appeared to three shepherd children at Fátima, Portugal on the 13th day of six consecutive months in  after the consecration of all present to the Immaculate Heart of Mary The Immaculate Heart of Mary originally The Sacred Heart of Mary is a devotional name used by some Roman Catholics and Anglicans to refer to the physical heart of Mary, the mother of Jesus as a symbol of Mary's interior life, her joys and sorrows, her virtues and hidden . This was the beginning of a friendship that would be renewed in September 1994 when Julia visited Toronto.

Eucharistic miracles

The Eucharistic miracles of Naju continued, now in the parish church on May 16, 1991, and in the Marian chapel in Naju thereafter. They continue in a variety of forms to the present. The seventh Eucharistic miracle was witnessed by the Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Korea, Archbishop Giovanni Buleitis, in the Marian chapel.

During her 1994 visit to Toronto, Julia invited me to the tenth anniversary of the first weeping of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary Blessed Virgin Mary
The Virgin Mary.
 on June 30, 1995. It was only in September 1995 that I was able to keep my promise, an appointment with heaven. Our group--Catherine Lee, a Canadian Korean, Fr. Joseph Finn from London, Ontario, and myself--arrived on Thursday, September 14 at Kwangju airport, where Julia was waiting for us. As we embraced we were enveloped en·vel·op  
tr.v. en·vel·oped, en·vel·op·ing, en·vel·ops
1. To enclose or encase completely with or as if with a covering: "Accompanying the darkness, a stillness envelops the city" 
 in the fragrance of roses that often accompanies Julia. We continued by car to Naju, arriving at 9 p.m., in time for the Holy Hour of prayer before the miraculous statue. Around 200 men and women, children and infants were already waiting.

The next day we made it to a large valley in the Naju mountains. We celebrated Holy Mass at 6 p.m. A week later, September 22, we returned to that area.

The Blessed Virgin had led the Kims to this mountain retreat and asked them to acquire this land. She promised that a beautiful church would be built there. As in the case of St. Bernadette, she instructed Julia to dig in to cover by digging; as, to dig in manure s>.
To entrench oneself so as to give stronger resistance; - used of warfare or negotiating situations.

See also: Dig Dig
 the hillside, and water sprang from the earth: a new Lourdes in the land of the rising sun.


Why was a photographer present, some people have asked. The answer is quite simple. I was welcomed as a most honoured guest. I was the first bishop, and that of the Eastern Catholic Church, to celebrate the heavenly visitations. I needn't elaborate on the Korean hospitality Julia and the women lavished upon me, including a lunch in my honour. Naturally, there were cameras present, including one carried by young Sebastian. It's as simple as that.

After the late lunch we made our way to the valley. The men and women, about seventeen in all, set up the open air chapel. What occurred next is explained in the May issue.

It was only later that evening, when Fr. Finn and I were drafting our first testimony to this miracle of a tiny palpitating pal·pi·tate  
intr.v. pal·pi·tat·ed, pal·pi·tat·ing, pal·pi·tates
1. To move with a slight tremulous motion; tremble, shake, or quiver.

2. To beat with excessive rapidity; throb.
 heart on the tongue of Julia, that we viewed both the amateur video and photographs of Sebastian. He had been snapping pictures once he realized that something was happening. By comparing photos and experience we could ascertain that this little heart was about 5 millimeters thick.


Our Lady organises everything well. Julia remained rapt in prayer and ecstasy when Jesus Himself spoke to her. His voice made itself heard to Julia even though she could not see Him, at once warm and loving and full of dignity and majesty. This was the message:

"My beloved little soul. My most holy Mother is the greatest treasure in the Church...My Mother is the Queen of the Universe and also your Mother... Today my Mother is now showing and revealing My Heart to a bishop, who seeks to follow Me and My Mother that he can make ever more known that I am truly present in the Eucharist, the sublime mystery of faith and love."

This was the eleventh Eucharistic Miracle of Naju, September 22, 1995. All information is now in the hands of a Commission of Korean bishops who are investigating the events and who will report some time in the future.
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