Pope Francis visits Korea, where Christianity has had a history of persecution. This post tells the story of the thousands who died for their faith – and the story of the Coming of Christianity to Korea.
Reuters report on Christianity in North Korea
In North Korea, a church renovated, missionaries jailed
Tue, Aug 12 22:30 PM BST
By James Pearson
SEOUL (Reuters) – Tucked between trees and paddy fields in a quiet suburb in the west of Pyongyang, Chilgol Church is one of four state-operated churches in the capital of a country that espouses freedom of religion but effectively bans it.
In recent months, the Protestant church has been renovated – its rusted iron roof replaced with new tiles, and its faded brown brick walls repainted yellow, according to a North Korean propaganda video. At the same time, North Korea has sentenced two foreign missionaries to hard labour and along the border with China, both countries have cracked down on religious groups.
As Pope Francis visits South Korea this week in his first trip to Asia, religion in North Korea is under…
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