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200 year old remains of first Korean Catholic martyrs recovered/ Korea to increase global aid by 17% koreanow St. Andrew Kim Taegon & St. Paul Chong Hasang & companions Martyrs (19th century)More
200 year old remains of first Korean Catholic martyrs recovered/ Korea to increase global aid by 17% koreanow
St. Andrew Kim Taegon
& St. Paul Chong Hasang
& companions
Martyrs
(19th century)

The evangelization of Korea began in the 17th century through a group of lay persons. A strong, vigorous Christian community flourished there under lay leadership. Later on, missionaries arrived from the Paris Foreign Mission Society.
During the persecutions in the 19th century (in 1839, 1866, and 1867), one hundred and three Christians were killed (martyred). Among them was the first Korean priest, Andrew Kim Taegon, and the lay apostle Paul Chong Hasang.
Other victims of the persecution included bishops, priests, men, women and children. By giving their souls to God and laying down their lives, they acted identical to Jesus Christ; and so with Him overcame death. "The blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church."
St. Pope John Paul II visited Korea and canonized the Martyrs on May 6, 1984. The Korean Saints reign with Jesus Christ forever.