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Healing and worship go together at annual conference in GunsanCatholics praying during the annual conference
- October 10, 2011
Bishop Vincent Ri Pyung-ho of Jeonju stressed the importance of â€śblessing each other in a familyâ€ť through the charismatic renewal prayer.
Some four thousand people across the country joined the annual conference in Gunsan, organised by the National Catholic Charismatic Service Association (NCCSA) and focusing on the theme â€śDo you love me?â€ť
The charismatic movement was introduced in Korea in 1971 and conferences have been held each year since 1980.
Citing his own experience, Bishop Ri said lately he laid his hands on a cancer patient and â€śshe was completely cured.â€ť
But the most important change was â€śher mindset to naturally accept death thanks to the Holy Spirit,â€ť he noted, affirming this is the â€ścomplete healing.â€ť
Father Benedict Park Hyo-chul, president of the NCCSA, led a healing service in which participants cried out loud while praying in tongues and raising hands in worship. Afterwards, they laid hands on each other for healing.
When Father Park asked them to stand up if they believed they were cured, dozens of people got up.
One of them, Elisabeth Choi Im-hyang, 55, said: â€śMy arthritic knee has been cured.â€ť
Earlier, Father Joannes Kang Kil-woong of Gwangju archdiocese said: â€śOur life always has unwelcome guests like poverty, disease, accident, misunderstanding and blame.â€ť
But he said the unwelcome guests in life ultimately become â€śan important cornerstone to sustain our life,â€ť adding it is â€śOur Lordâ€™s amazing work.â€ť
The Mass to close the event was presided over by Bishop Ri.
The Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement began in 1967 at a retreat for faculty members and students from Duquesne University in the US. Since then it has spread to some 230 countries.
Korean charismatics to meet in Daegu