Conference Reflects on Role of Education in the Evangelization of Asia

Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski Says Korean Catholic Church Will Play Important Role In the Future of the Church in Asia

Reflecting on the importance of education and the formation of clergy in the evangelization of Asia, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Southeast and East Asia (ASEACCU) held a conference at the Catholic University in Seoul.

According to Fides News Agency, Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education met with Archbishop Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul to discuss the future of the Church in Asia.

During the conference, Cardinal Grocholewski stated he was “surprised by the vastness of the Archdiocese of Seoul.”

“With about 400 major seminarians, Seoul has an important role in the future of the Church in Asia,” he said. “In fact, the future of the Catholic Church depends on the quality of the priests.”

Archbishop Soo-jung said that he was willing to help support not only the Korean Church, but also Churches that are in need or suffering. “We will do our best to help the evangelization of the Church in Asia.”

The Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education added that an important factor in the growth of the Church in Korea can also be “measured in terms of sacrifice and martyrdom.” The Church has grown thanks to the efforts of the laity,” he said. “This is a very particular history, which no other Church in the world has.”