The Roman Catholic Church of France has dispatched a delegation to mark the 150th anniversary of Korea's greatest persecution of believers in the Joseon period (1392-1910), the South Korean church said on Thursday.
A group of 80, led by Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard of
the Archdiocese of Bordeaux, will visit the pilgrimage sites of the
"Byeongin Persecution" from Friday to Oct. 23, according to the
Seoul-based Catholic Bishops' Conference.
The delegation includes French
bishops and believers from nine French dioceses.
pilgrimage is dedicated to some 8,000 believers of Roman Catholicism who
died in the religious persecution that was waged by Heungseon
Daewongun, the father of King Gojong, between 1866 to 1871.
Nine of the
12 French missionaries of Catholicism also died during the persecution.
On the day of arrival at Incheon International Airport, the French
visitors will have a meeting with South Korean Cardinal Andrew Yeom
Soo-jung and Archbishop kim Hee-joong.
Starting the next day,
the delegation will pay visits to multiple pilgrimage sites nationwide,
including Martyrium Galmaemot in Boryeong, Martyrium Baeti in Jincheon
and Martyrium Baron in Jecheon.
Following the journey, the
French delegation and the bishops of the Seoul Archdiocese will jointly
hold a mass in Myeongdong Cathedral in central Seoul on next Thursday.