South Korea's President-elect Found the Faith by Surprise

SEOUL, South Korea, JAN. 8, 2003 (ZENIT.orgFides).- South Korea President-elect Roh Moo-hyun, who takes office Feb. 25, is regarded as a Catholic of conviction. He and his wife were received into the Church in 1986.

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In an interview with Pyonghwa Catholic Weekly, Roh said that when people ask him why he became a Catholic he finds it hard to explain.

“I used to be a very logical and rational person, a long way from any sort of religion,” he said, “But life is full of surprises and one day I found that I do believe that God exists and that he watches over humanity. Today I can state clearly that I believe in God and in his providence.”

Many Korean Catholics have written to congratulate Roh and to express their primary concerns: national unity, social harmony, and policies geared toward helping the weakest and poorest.

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