Here is the text of the message sent on Pope Francis’ behalf by his secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, to the archbishop of Seoul for a celebration next month of a “month of martyrs.”
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The Most Reverend Andrew Yeom Soo-jung
Archbishop of Seoul
The Holy Father was pleased to learn that the Archdiocese of Seoul has proclaimed the month of September 2013 the “Month of Martyrs” in commemoration of those who laid down their lives for the Gospel in Korea. His Holiness trusts that all who participate in pilgrimages during this month, aided by the prayers and example of the martyrs, will deepen their communion with the Lord Jesus Christ who laid down his life that we might share in the inestimable gift of eternal life. He prays that this occasion may be an opportunity for pilgrims to rekindle the faith in their hearts and so commit themselves more fully to the urgent task of evangelization. Entrusting all the pilgrims to the powerful intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church, and the prayers of the martyrs of Korea, His Holiness willingly imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of peace and joy in our Lord.
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone
Secretary of State