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I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Amazing Catholic Solidarity on Jeju Island

Catholic priests and nuns blocked the entrance yesterday to the Navy base now being built in Gangjeong village on Jeju Island, South Korea.  The occasion was the 3rd anniversary of Catholic solidarity in the village to oppose base construction.

Father Mun Jeong-hyon crawled under a cement truck during the ceremony.

In addition a ground breaking ceremony was held for the new Gangjeong Life and Peace Pastoral Center that will be built in the village. About 100 people attended the ceremony which was blessed by Bishop Kang U-il of Jeju diocese. The pastoral center will be located just behind the current peace center in Gangjeong village and scheduled to be completed by next June.

Wouldn't it be great to see the Catholic Church this engaged in peace protests in other parts of the world?  The Catholic community in South Korea is unlike any I've ever seen before.  More power to them!


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