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Bergoglio and the Korean community in Argentina

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Politics
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By Han Byung-Kil
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The newspaper Clarin published under the title "The memory of Bergoglio with the Korean community in Flores", a word of Ambassador Han Byung-Kil on the relationship of the Pope with the Korean community when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires

Pope Francisco have his pastoral visit to Korea being the first Asian country to visit after his inauguration. Through this trip is expected cooperative relationship between Korea and Argentina paste a renewed jump. This particular visit was then 25 years of the previous Pope John Paul II, when the 44th International Eucharistic Congress was held in October 1989 Pope visit to President Park Keun-Hye, will participate in the sixth Youth Congress Asian, lead the beatification Mass of the Korean Catholic martyr Paul Yoon Ji-Choong and his 123 companions; will visit the humble village of Eumsung in the province of Choongchungbuk-do and lead in the Great Cathedral Myungdong the "Mass for peace and reconciliation on the Korean peninsula," anticipating that transmit a message of peace to the area, single cleavage site in the world.

The Korean Embassy in Argentina organized last July 16 a musical concert Orchestra Chascomús as offering the papal visit and the photo exhibition "The pope and Koreans in Argentina seen in the photos." As noted in the logo of the papal visit to Korea, he says "get up and illuminates" the Pope is expected to Francisco will put emphasis by his visit to Korea in the church launches himself into the real world fraught with difficulties. Is expected to ask the Korean Church to accompany the poor and marginalized result of polarization in a world that runs swiftly toward growth and material progress. And at the same time convey the hope that I can contribute to a new era of peace between the two Koreas is also the geographic point with the greatest threat to world peace. When I was a bishop in the past on Flores, an area where the Korean community resides, Pope was building a special bond with our fellow Koreans living in Argentina, for example, conducting a mass in the Korean Church and keeping still one very special relationship with the Korean nuns of the "Little Servants of the Holy Family," who for the invitation, are developing service activities with the underclass in the Alvarez municipal hospital from 1993 to the present.

The Pope appointed last February to Bishop Moon Han-Lim, an immigrant fellow in Argentina, as auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of San Martin, a great addition to a natural progression in the relationship of cooperation between Argentina Catholic Church and our Church Catholic, and for greater mutual understanding and friendship between the two countries. Korea and Argentina have established diplomatic relations in February 1962 and trade remained at approximately $ 420 million in 2002, but over the next 10 years increased reaching $ 2,400 million in 2012, the highest level ever. Exchange of human resources is also more active. Immigration began in 1962 with the first agricultural immigration undertaken by Korea and 25,000 Koreans currently living in Argentina, forming a basis for the development of a cooperative relationship between the two countries, and lately, thanks to the expansion of the "Korean wave "(hallyu) ​​is also increasing cultural exchange and cooperation.

traslation: Belén Zapata