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Bishops eye flour aid to North Korea
Money raised at special Mass to provide 100 tons of food relief
- Stephen Hong, Seoul
- June 30, 2011
Father Raphael Seo Jong-yeob, executive secretary of the Korean bishopsâ€™ Committee for the Reconciliation of the Korean People, handed Â over 50 million won (US$46,000) yesterday to Father Simeon Lee Jong-Keon, secretary of Caritas Korea International (CKI), the Korean bishopsâ€™ first official foreign relief agency.
During the Mass, which around 20,000 Catholics attended, a total of 77 million won was collected. The remaining 27 million won will be spent on helping North Korean defectors in South Korea.
The committee said yesterday they will seek unification ministry approval to ship the flour to North Korea soon.