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Vatican Museums to display relics of Korean Catholic history

All News 11:50 June 01, 2016

ROME, June 1 (Yonhap) -- Relics from the 230-year history of Korean Catholicism will go on display in the Vatican Museums next year, Vatican sources said Wednesday.

The exhibition tentatively titled "230 Years of Korean Catholic Church" will be held from September to November 2017 at the museums, which when combined are one of the world's largest.

The event originally was scheduled to open this year, timed with the second anniversary of Pope Francis' visit to South Korea but was delayed due to the pope's Jubilee Year of Mercy celebrations in Rome.

A jubilee year is a special year called by the church to receive blessings and pardons from God and a remission of sins. The Catholic Church has called jubilee years every 25 or 50 years since the year 1300.

This will be the first time that Korean Catholic relics are displayed in the form of a special exhibition at the Vatican Museums.

The sources said the Vatican's special interest in Korean Catholicism, which stands out from the rest due to its homegrown origins, led to the decision to hold the exhibition.

More than 100 items are expected to go on display to show the Korean Church's unique features as a religion introduced by a native who went out of his way to study its teachings, not by foreign missionaries, and its subsequent history of martyrdom and persecution.


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