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Charismatics recommend touching

Healing and worship go together at annual conference in Gunsan

Catholics praying during the annual conference Catholics praying during the annual conference
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  • October 10, 2011
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During the annual conference for charismatic renewal yesterday, a bishop in South Korea recommended Catholics to bless others in their family by touching them.

Bishop Vincent Ri Pyung-ho of Jeonju stressed the importance of “blessing each other in a family” 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 “Do you love me?”

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 “she was completely cured.”

But the most important change was “her mindset to naturally accept death thanks to the Holy Spirit,” he noted, affirming this is the “complete healing.”

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: “My arthritic knee has been cured.”

Earlier, Father Joannes Kang Kil-woong of Gwangju archdiocese said: “Our life always has unwelcome guests like poverty, disease, accident, misunderstanding and blame.”

But he said the unwelcome guests in life ultimately become “an important cornerstone to sustain our life,” adding it is “Our Lord’s amazing work.”

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.

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