Youngsters walk for peace in South Korea

Cardinal Yeom launches Wind of Peace event that takes pilgrims to the demilitarized zone
Youngsters walk for peace in South Korea

Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung with young pilgrims at the Wind of Peace opening ceremony on Aug. 16. (Photo supplied) reporter, Seoul
South Korea
August 19, 2019
Young pilgrims from all over the world have set off on a great peace walk in South Korea.

The 2019 World Youth Pilgrimage to DMZ — Wind of Peace event from Aug. 16-22 is being hosted by the Committee for the Reconciliation of the Korean People of the Seoul Archdiocese and supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Ministry of Unification.

More than 90 youngsters from 15 countries (South Korea, Germany, Timor-Leste, the U.S., Malta, Serbia, India, Japan, Britain, Uganda, China, Cambodia, Tanzania and Hungary) are taking art in the pilgrimage.

Eight nuns from the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing and Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco have joined the pilgrimage to pray for peace in Korea and the world.

Participants are making a pilgrimage to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) dividing North and South Korea.

Activities including lectures, experience programs, presentations, discussions, community programs and a talk show with young North Korean refugees are also on their itinerary along with Masses and candlelight prayers.

Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, the archbishop of Seoul, and Archbishop Alfred Xuereb, apostolic nuncio to South Korea, will celebrate a Mass with young pilgrims on Aug. 19.

In the opening ceremony, Cardinal Yeom said: “I hope that while you experience Mother Nature and reflect you can realize how peace is important in our lives. As Pope Francis always stressed, we should find a harmonious way to co-exist with the earth, Mother Nature, that is, our common home.

“Through this precious time, I sincerely pray that you can reconcile with yourselves, with your neighbors, with the environment, and finally with God.”

Salesian Sister Agnes from Mongolia said: “I hope the Wind of Peace can bring the wind of change. I’ll pray for the peace not only on the Korean Peninsula but in the entire world throughout the pilgrimage.”

The event has been held each year since 2012. Wind of Peace enables young people to experience history, culture and peace by making a pilgrimage to the DMZ area, which shows both the historical pain of Korea and some ecological treasures.

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