South Korean dioceses to train priests for North
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As priestly formation takes long time, we should do it right now in preparation for reunification, says bishop
A Catholic priest stands beside an altar in Yakhyeon Catheral in Seoul, in this file photo. Two Korean dioceses are to train priests to work in North Korea in the eventuality of a reunification between North and South Korea. (Photo by AFP)
Two Korean dioceses have begun a formal agreement to train priests and seminarians for North Korea in the eventuality of a reunification of the Korean peninsular.
Hamhung Diocese and Chunchon Diocese recently signed an agreement to select its own seminarians and train them as its priests for future pastoral services in North Korea.
Both these dioceses are part of Seoul Archdiocese but Hamhung Diocese on paper only exists in North Korea. The diocese covers most parts of South and North Hamkyeong Provinces in North Korea. Its apostolic administrator is Bishop Lucas Kim Woon-hoe of Chunchon.
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