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Nuncio urges Korean church to sustain 'Francis effect'

Archbishop tells bishops to guard traditional values against rampant secularism and materialism

October 13, 2016

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In his address to the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea at their fall plenary, Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla urged the Catholic Church in Korea to keep up the "Francis effect" by protecting the values of family and life and serving suffering youth.

"The message of Pope Francis during his visit to Korea is still fresh in our minds. Now, we need to meditate on the 'Francis effect' that we earned thanks to his visit," said Archbishop Padilla, apostolic nuncio to Korea on Oct. 11.

The nuncio urged the bishops to guard traditional values against rampant secularism and materialism in Korean society and to protect the elderly people who are often ignored.

"Also, the youth in Korea are in despair and disappointment. The church should respond," he added.

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea began the fall plenary after the nuncio's address. It discussed issues including the selection of its secretary and a member of the steering committee.

The conference also held a workshop on Oct. 10, "Dispatch of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and the Peace in Korea" on the controversial decision of the government to dispatch THAAD on the Korean peninsula.

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