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Pope John Paul II and Korea: The trip that changed everything

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Published on May 1, 2014

John Paul II ordered the construction of a Korean seminary in Rome. Fr. Andrew Kim Taegon, martyred in 1846 at the age of 25, was the first Korean man to be ordained a priest in the history of the Catholic Church. In a memorable trip to Seoul in 1984, Pope John Paul II canonized Fr. Taegon along with 102 other martyrs, many of whom were part of the laity. The canonizations were a direct acknowledgment of the Church's great history in that country. .

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