Korean grandmothers complete pilgrimages to 111 holy shrines
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The deep faith of the martyrs made them reflect on their own lives
Four grandmothers who completed the pilgrimage (from left to right): Angela Kim Yoon-j, 65, Juliana Kim Ok-su, 69, Anne Kim Jeong-yeo, 74, and Helen Park Hwan-ok, 72. (Photo by The Catholic Times of Korea)
ucanews.com reporter, Seoul
October 17, 2016
The Shinyu Persecution was the first large-scale bloody suppression of the new religion by the authorities, which considered Catholics traitors for abandoning Confucianism, the established religion.
Widespread, violent persecution occurred in several spurts throughout 19th century Korea. It is believed that more than 10,000 Christians were martyred during those periods.
Their pilgrimage ended on the feast day for the 103 Korean martyr saints — who were canonized by St. Pope John Paul II in 1984 — at Jinsan Shrine in South Chungcheong province.
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