|A view of the audience during the congress.|
October 7, 2010. Seoul, South Korea. From August 30 to
September 5, a continental congress was held in Seoul on
the missionary role of the lay people in the Church
in Asia. The congress was organized jointly by the Pontifical
Council for the Laity, the Korean Episcopal Conference’s Commission for
the Laity, and South Korea’s National Council of the Laity.
The theme was “Proclaim Christ in Asia Today.”
Many bishops from
the main Asian dioceses and delegates from various movements and
ecclesial organizations in 22 countries participated in the congress, along
with Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for
the Laity, and Bishop Josef Clemens, the council’s secretary.
Fathers Alexander Kim and Simon Chung represented the Regnum Christi
Movement at the congress. Fr Alexander Kim also acted as
a press correspondent for the English-speaking media during the event.
congress began with a concelebrated Mass presided over by Cardinal
Rylko in the Myungdong cathedral in the archdiocese of Seoul.
During the congress, participants attended formation seminars and round tables
to share experiences of proclaiming the Gospel in the dioceses
|Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko (left) and Bishop Josef Clemens with Legionary Fathers Marco Cho, Alexander Kim, Steven Kwon, and Simon Chung at the Legionary center in Seoul.|
After the congress, Cardinal Rylko and Bishop Clemens
visited the Legionary center in Seoul. During dinner, the cardinal
showed interest in the Legion’s apostolic work in the South
Korean capital, expressing his support for the general director and
encouraging the Legionary community to continue contributing to the work
of evangelization in Asia.