The Korean Catholic bishops' conference held a seminar on Oct. 20 to assess the progress of a project aiming to catalog Catholic archives and items of historical interest. In 2015, the bishops initiated the 10-year-long project to investigate historical materials scattered across the country and construct a standardized classification plan and database. The materials date from 1784, when the formal Korean Catholic Church was established, until 1962 when the church hierarchical structure was founded. Seminar participants, including Catholic history researchers, admitted that the church has neglected to preserve its archives and the project's success relies on several stakeholders working together. Luke Cha Ki-jin, director of the Yangup Church History Research Institute, said, "to successfully implement the project, it is essential that we have the active participation of church institutions like dioceses archives, research institutes, church libraries, museums and so on." To obtain support for the project, the bishops' conference will hold a meeting in November for researchers from all church history institutes and related officials who may possess historical materials.
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