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.

Share this Entry

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.

Share this Entry


Support ZENIT

If you liked this article, support ZENIT now with a donation