Yesterday, Archbishop of Seoul & Apostolic Administrator of Pyongyang Cardinal Andrew Soo-jung Yeom announced the dedication of the Diocese of Pyongyang to Our Lady of Fatima.

The dedication will take place on August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Cardinal Yeom made the announcement in his pastoral message for the upcoming Solemnity, saying the Assumption ‘is a sign of hope for us, the faithful, because it has given us hope that if we are faithful in our believing like the Holy Mother, we will be saved and rewarded with eternal life in the kingdom of God.’

He also said he decided to ‘dedicate the Pyongyang Diocese to Our Lady of Fatima after sincere prayer and discernment’ as ‘this year marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Korea from the Japanese colonial rule and the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.’

The dedication ceremony is set to take place during the celebration of Mass at Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul, the first time the Diocese of Pyongyang will be dedicated since its inception in 1927.

Yeom said that although the ceremony is in South, “it is significant given the spiritual unity between the Pyongyang Diocese and the Seoul Archdiocese.”

He also asked Pope Francis for a special apostolic blessing for the Diocese, saying the Holy Father “promised to offer a special prayer for the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

Concluding his message, he expressed his hop that “the day will come soon when we will be able to share with our North Korean brothers and sisters the joy of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary” – urging everyone to pray for Mary’s intercession “to bring true peace in our society.”

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