Korean church to update missal

Bishops' conference will also scrap children's missal to avoid confusion
Korean church to update missal

The Korean bishops have decided to use a new translation of the missal at their spring plenary March 21-24 in Seoul. (Photo by Catholic Times of Korea)


South Korea
March 31, 2017
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea will publish a new translation of the Missal based on the third edition of the revised Roman Missal.

The bishops announced the decision to base the new missal on the latest Latin third edition of the revised Roman Missal released in 2008 at their spring plenary on March 21-24. To help the Catholics understand the changes, the Committee for Liturgy will also release a booklet explaining the revisions.

The bishops also decided to scrap the separate children's missal to avoid confusion and unify Catholics under the new missal.

They also decided to revise a hymn book, adding several songs that were excluded from the previous version due to copyright disputes that are now settled. The new hymnal will also contain hymns put to Korean traditional music and contemporary Christian music.

During the week-long plenary, the bishops held a Mass to commemorate the election of Pope Francis on March 22 at Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul. They also visited the demilitarized zone on the border with North Korea and prayed for the national reconciliation.

There was also a publication party for the Korean version of Enchiridion Symbolorum et Definitionum or simply Denzinger, named after the author and theologian, Father Heinrich Denzinger.

Archbishop Hygynus Kim Hee-joong of Kwangju, president of the bishops' conference, said, "It took 14 years to publish Denzinger in Korean. It is a great theological achievement."

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