The two Koreas and Our Lady of Peace

A new chapel will be built in the Joint Security Area (JSA) at Panmunjom, a truce village on the inter-Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that was established at the end of the (1950-53) Korean War. On June 5th a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new chapel presided over by Bishop Francis Xavier Yu Soo-il…

The 65-year armistice means the two Koreas remain technically in a state of war despite a recent series of rapprochement talks between U.S. President Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The facility, which will be placed in front of the JSA Visitor Center, will act as a “chapel of peace” in this historic setting where the scars of the war remain despite the latest wave of momentum for reconciliation and increased inter-Korean exchanges.

“The construction of the new chapel in the JSA is a gift showing God’s grace,” Bishop Xavier said. “The chapel, located in the closest possible place to North Korea, will serve as somewhere we can pray to overcome the division of the two Koreas as we hope for peaceful reunification,” he added. …

“It is meaningful that we can build a new chapel in the JSA, which was the place of fierce battles and has now become a place of dialogue. This will be a venue to pray for peace on the Korean Peninsula,” said Lt. Col. Matthew Farmer, commander of the U.N. Command Security Battalion-JSA.

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