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South Korea seeks to beatify 214 martyrs

Bishops to meet Feb 22, discuss plans to honor Catholics killed during the late Joseon Dynasty and by communists

Updated: February 14, 2017 05:26 AM GMT
South Korea seeks to beatify 214 martyrs

This picture taken on Aug. 7, 2014 shows South Korean visitors in front of a monument of unknown Catholic martyrs in Korea at Haemi Shrine in Seosan, southwest of Seoul. (Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP)

South Korean Catholic leaders are considering bringing 214 more Catholics persecuted in Korea a step closer to sainthood.

A special bishops' conference committee is opening beatification deliberations on the lives of 214 Catholic martyrs on Feb. 22, KBS World Radio reported.

They are said to have been killed during the late Joseon Dynasty and by communists during the early modern era.

The conference would refer the names to the pope for beatification, indicating they may be nominated as future saints.

At present, there are 103 saints and 124 beatified martyrs in South Korea's Catholic Church.
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Pope Francis presided over a beatification ceremony bestowing the "Blessed" title to 124 South Korean martyrs during his visit to Seoul in 2014.

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