South Korea: Church to hold novena on 70th anniversary of Korean War
By Zeus Legaspi
Organized by the National Reconciliation Committee of the Catholic Bishop's Conference of Korea, the nine-day novena will take place from 17 to 25 June, with each day dedicated to a specific prayer intention.
Over the duration of the prayer novena, the faithful will pray for a peaceful unification in the divided peninsula, for political leaders to be peacemakers, for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and a world free of nuclear weapons, and for those suffering from economic sanctions.
Throughout the nine-day period, the Catholic community will also pray for the evangelization of the peninsula, for families separated by the border and those who fled North Korea, for reconciliation and national unity, and for the complete end of the war leading to lasting peace in Korea.
Ecumenical prayer for peace
The South Korean Catholic community will also hold a national prayer on 27 July – the day on which, exactly 70 years ago, the armistice of the conflict in the Korean peninsula was signed.
Seven decades later, Christian communities in South Korea are still calling for “an immediate formal declaration of the end of the Korean War” and the passage of a peace treaty to replace the 1953 Armistice Agreement.
The Korean War, spanning from 1950 to 1953, concluded with the establishment of a new demarcation line dividing North and South Korea, known as the "Korean Demilitarized Zone."