Fellow Jesuit Serves as Papal Translator During Korea Trip

Priest Studied Spiritual Theology in Spain Before Ordination

One of Pope Francis’ confreres, Jesuit Father John Chong Che-chon, has been the translator at the Pope’s side during the five-day Korea trip.

The Korea Times this week reported on the 57-year-old priest who has been assisting the Pope since he got off the plane from Rome.

Rev. John Chong entered the Society of Jesus in 1990 and was ordained as a priest in 1996, according to the Korea Times. 

Before his ordination, he studied spiritual theology in Spain, earning a master’s and a doctorate.

Just as he met the Pope at the airport on Thursday, he led him to the door of the plane’s runway today, providing some final assistance with translation. He was one of the last people to say good-bye to the Holy Father, who expressed his gratitude with an embrace.

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