(Vatican Radio) On Thursday 29th of August, Pope Francis sent a message praying
for the "Month of Martyrs" proclaimed by the Archdiocese of Seul, South Korea.
find below the full text of the Pope's message, signed by Cardinal Bertone, Secretary
The Most Reverend Andrew Yeom Soo-jung Archbishop of Seoul
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.