- Mar 31, 2020
Bishop William J. McNaughton, a Maryknoll missionary for 66 years and the first bishop of Incheon, South Korea, from 1962 until his retirement 2002, died Feb. 3 at Cedar View Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Methuen. He was 93.
As neighboring countries try to use regional weight to mediate an ongoing trade war between Japan and South Korea, one bishop has stepped into the ring urging both sides to use “rational dialogue” in solving their problems without further escalation.
Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul reiterated the Catholic Church’s stance on abortion after South Korea’s Constitutional Court ruled that the country’s abortion ban is unconstitutional.
The South Korean bishops’ conference has called for an end to the death penalty, and asked the nation’s Constitutional Court to consider whether capital punishment violates South Korea’s constitution.
An Iranian student who converted to Catholicism in South Korea has obtained refugee status through the efforts of Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul and the man’s classmates.
Pope Francis indicated his willingness to visit North Korea during a private audience with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Vatican, Moon’s office said Thursday.