(ANS – Seoul) – The Catholic Church in Korea is grateful to God for the steadfast growth of the past 50 years. Among South Korea's population of 53 million, there are 5.7 million baptized Catholic - 10.9% of the total population. Its 1,719 parishes and 740 mission stations are mainly ministered by the diocesan clergy - 4,264 priests. Religious and missionary society priests are only 898. Also, in Seoul, the capital city, with its 229 parishes and 1.5 million Catholics, there are only 3 parishes entrusted to the religious congregation – and only one of them, to the Salesians.
(ANS – Rome) – “My mother having been raised from the age of 5 to 14 in what was then Mary Help of Christians Orphanage in North Haledon, N.J., loved the Rosary. Later, now married and with kids (six), she would often have us stay together after supper to say the Rosary as a family. My Protestant father, just back from bearing the heat of the day working at Ploch Farms in Clifton, was there of course. Invariably, one of the intentions she announced would be ‘that Daddy become a Catholic.’ Of course all eyes went to Daddy. What did he feel like sitting right there?”
(ANS - Rome) - An International Day to focus on the theme of poverty, to remember that millions of people are in fact banned from living with dignity, that it is necessary to act soon and to work as a community to eradicate poverty from the face of the earth. On this occasion, some shocking situations.
(ANS – Chuncheon) – Within the fast changing and ageing society of South Korea one of the youth main needs is without doubt a counselling. Children and teenagers find very few people who listen to them both in their families as well in the highly competitive school education system. Also the increasing youth violence and suicide attempt rate in South Korea does foster need of more systematic and dedicated counselling center. Salesian Family members (especially SDB, FMA sisters and Salesian Cooperators) invested in past 15 year a lot of energies in this field.