Korean Catholic Martyrs of 18th and 19th Centuries were beatified by Pope Francis. This is Pope’s first Asian visit since he took the position in 2013.
The Open Air Mass was attended by thousands of believers, at Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul. This Square is the site, where the Catholic Martyrs were paraded before being publicly executed. Pope in his Sermon hailed the Martyrs saying, “They were willing to make great sacrifices and let themselves be stripped of whatever kept them from Christ – possessions and land, prestige and honour – for they knew that Christ alone was their true treasure,”
Pope asked the crowd to think on if they would be able to do something like that in some form or the other. The Martyrs are further more blessed and unique, because they learnt the religion themselves and brought the holy books to Korea to spread Catholic Church, rather then being converted by the Missionaries. They are the founders of the Catholic Church in Korea, 200 years ago.