Jesuit editor: Korea is a 'separated family'

Father Antonio Spadaro believes reconciliation can be achieved on a peninsula where religions coexist peacefully
Jesuit editor: Korea is a 'separated family'

Father Antonio Spadaro, editor of Rome-based La Civilta Cattolica, believes North Korea and South Korea can be reconciled. (Photo supplied) reporter, Seoul
South Korea
May 29, 2018
The editor of influential Jesuit-run magazine La Civilta Cattolica has outlined his hopes for peace on the Korean Peninsula.

"Peace in the Korean peninsula is a problem for the whole world, not just for a region in Asia," Father Antonio Spadaro told The Catholic Times while visiting South Korea to attend an international symposium at Seoul Major Seminary.

He said the Korean Peninsula is still in the Cold War era but is a place where various religions coexist peacefully.

"At the same time, it is a land where unity doesn't object to difference nor destroy difference. Koreans admit the differences and seek harmony and prosperity through unity," he said.

"When Pope Francis visited in 2014, he never said 'North Korea' or 'South Korea.' Korea is one family that is separated. The reconciliation of Korean peoples is piling up one by one like bricks. It cannot be built all at once."

Father Spadaro said the pope's greatest achievements in five years had been forming synodality, reinterpreting the papacy and achieving evangelical diplomacy.

"Pope Francis' effort to realize synodality among church constituents is outstanding. He leads dialogues inside the church very well and even is willing to be engaged in argument. The dialogue increases arguments, but it promotes authentic fellowship in the church," he said.

"He didn't change anything on doctrinal factors but he reinterpreted his role as pope inside the church and Christian unity aspects.

"His evangelical diplomacy has produced amazing accomplishments. The world accepts him as the only and true ethical leader. Pope Francis awakens our concerns on the poor and suffering people including refugees and migrants."

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