More than 14,000 tech-savvy South Koreans took part in a competition to write daily Gospel readings on a Catholic app on their mobile devices. The contest was held over 100 days from Nov. 22, 2019, to Feb. 29 for both Catholics and non-Catholics in Seoul Archdiocese. Bishop Benedictus Son Hee-song, chairman of the archdiocese’s committee for communications, presented prizes to winners. The competition, under the theme “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path," aimed to bring people closer to God using modern communications in the era of digital media. A total of 14,185 believers from 1,438 churches in the archdiocese participated in the contest.
The archdiocese hopes to create a Catholic cybercommunity where people can share their prayers and reflections on the app. The contest was inspired by an online service provided by the archdiocese’s Good News portal since 2006 in which people are encouraged to “write a Bible.” In the last 13 years, more than 130,000 people have used the service. A ceremony to select the winners of the Gospel contest was broadcast live by the Catholic Peace Broadcasting Corporation on its YouTube channel
. A representative of one of the prize-winning churches said church members encouraged each other to participate in the contest and shared their prayers and reflections while writing daily Gospel readings on the app. “I believe this has been a tremendous opportunity for us to grow more in our walk to Christ and become even closer to each other within our church family,” he said. The archdiocese’s committee for communications was established in October 2017 following Pope Francis’ pastoral advice in an apostolic letter.
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