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Religious groups pray for summit's success

All Headlines 15:27 April 26, 2018

SEOUL, April 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korean religious groups will hold various events to wish for peace on the Korean Peninsula and a successful inter-Korean summit Thursday.

The northern Gyeonggi branch of the Presbyterian Church of Korea said it will hold an all-night prayer meeting of priests for the success of Friday's summit between the leaders of South and North Korea.

The meeting will bring together about 30 priests who work in the vicinity of the heavily armed border to a church in Paju, just south of the border, from 8 p.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Friday.

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A group of Christian politicians had a morning of fasting and prayer at the National Assembly for inter-Korean reunification and the success of the forthcoming summit.

Among the participants were Jay Kim (Kim Chang-joon), former member of the U.S. House of Representatives; Hwang Woo-yeo, former deputy prime minister for social affairs; Rep. Park Joo-sun, co-leader of the minor opposition Bareunmirae Party; and Rep. Kim Jin-pyo of the ruling Democratic Party.

The National Council of Churches in Korea hosted a national prayer meeting for the success of the summit talks last Thursday and has since been having special prayer meetings for inter-Korean peace in its churches every day.

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South Korea's Buddhist community has also been holding services and bell-tolling ceremonies to wish for the summit's success.

Temples around the country have been holding Buddhist rituals every day since Saturday to pray for the summit's success and the settlement of peace on the peninsula.

The Jogye Order, the country's largest Buddhist sect, had a ceremony to toll the bronze bell in its main Jogye Temple, central Seoul, 33 times Thursday morning, with its leader Ven. Seoljeong attending.

"Ahead of the historic summit talks, all the people are wishing for (the event's success) with one mind," Seoljeong said during the ceremony. "I hope the sound of this bell will spread to the entire world and that the summit will be accomplished smoothly so that the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula can be achieved."

On the summit day, temples around the country will hold a simultaneous bell-tolling ceremony, while some 20,000 Buddhists will gather at Seoul's Gwanghwamun square to jointly recite the Diamond Sutra wishing for the success of the summit.


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