The pilgrimage site could be a shelter for re-discovering self
and recovering force for repentance. – Pope Francis
Offcially Recognized by the Vatican
‘The Seoul Catholic Pilgrimage Route’ loved by the church and civil society was declared as the first Asian International Pilgrimage Site by Vatican on Sep 14th, 2018. It came true because of continuous visits and concerns by the lots of pilgrims.
The Seoul Archdiocese’s Martyrs Exaltation Committee has made various efforts for renewing the management articles of each pilgrim site, reinforce the facilities of the related cultural sources, creating the contents, authenticating the historical evidences of Korean Catholic Church’s relics and holding the related academic and cultural events since 2015 to get recognition of Seoul Catholic Pilgrimage Site as International Pilgrimage Site by Vatican. We hope the international pilgrimage site, ‘Seoul Catholic Pilgrimage Route’ will be that for the faithful as well as Korea’s proud cultural heritage and a pilgrimage route for Asia and the rest of world.
There are three types of shrines defined by the canon law of the Catholic Church.
diocesan shrines, which are approved by their respective dioceses,
natinal shrines approved by the conference of bishops,
and international shrines approved by the Holy See.
(Canon Law Vol. IV, Part III, Title I, Chapter III)
On September 14, 2018, the Seoul Pilgrimage Routes were declared with the approval of the Batican as the first pilgrimage routes of international shrines in Asia. The pilgrimage sites fll under the categroy of "internatinal shrines."
How was the beginning of Korean Catholic Church? The course starts from the site of Thomas Kim Beom-woo, the protomartyr of Korea and the site of John Lee Byeok, the venue of the first Catholic baptism.
The route is intact with the history of Catholic persecution in Korea and is called the “eternal life road’ as it is the route on the ways of martyrdom and of getting eternal lives.
The route connects the main martyrs’ shrines in Seoul and is called the ‘Unity road’ for hoping that every pilgrim follows the examples of the martyrs and realize their faith.
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