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Seoul Archdiocese helps replenish blood stocks

One Body, One Spirit life movement holds blood donation event in Myeongdong

UCA News reporter, Seoul

UCA News reporter, Seoul

Updated: May 14, 2020 04:45 AM GMT
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Seoul Archdiocese helps replenish blood stocks

Visitors are given counseling on organ donation at Seoul Archdiocese’s event in Myeongdong on May 13. (Photo supplied)

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Seoul Archdiocese in South Korea is helping to provide blood donations after they fell sharply during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Its One Body, One Spirit life movement held an event called "Myeongdong, Spread Love with Blood Donation" in Myeongdong, Seoul, on May 13.

Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Yu Gyoung-chon of Seoul is chairman of the group.

Many priests, religious, archdiocese staff and faithful visited a blood donation bus set up by the organization in cooperation with BloodNet of Korea and donated their blood on site.

A life-sharing campaign booth gave visitors counseling on organ or stem cell donations.

“The blood supply has been running low due to the prolonged Covid-19 crisis and the delay of schools opening,” said a campaign organizer.

“Even when the coronavirus outbreak is contained, it’s likely the blood supply will be disrupted because medical institutions and hospitals will then restart postponed operations, thus increasing demand for blood transfusion.”

Catholic churches in South Korea last month resumed community prayers, maintaining strict precautions of social distancing as they gathered for worship after a gap of two months.

Religious activities resumed as social and economic life gathered steam after authorities lifted restrictions on public meetings on April 26 following a drop in virus infections.

Seoul Archdiocese was among the first to resume Masses on April 23 and conducted Sunday Mass on April 26, but it insisted on registration of worshipers to restrict their numbers. Cheongju and Jeonju dioceses resumed public services on April 28.

Church and civil authorities have asked people to wear masks and keep social distancing norms within churches as a precaution.

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