The Routes of Martyrdom in Seoul have just been recognized by the Vatican as an official international pilgrimage site. The route was put together by the Korean Bishops’ Conference to honor the country’s martyrs and make them known.
Paul Yun Ji-Chung and his 123 companions were some of the first Catholics in Korea. They were assassinated out of hatred for the Faith between 1791 and 1888.
The initiative for this pilgrimage came from Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, archbishop of Seoul and Apostolic Administrator of Pyongyang, in 2013.
Five years later, on September 14, 2018, and for the first time on the Asian continent, the Holy See recognized the Routes of Martyrdom as an international pilgrimage. “As descendants of the martyrs who, through their spontaneous embrace of the faith, were forced to endure horrendous persecution and suffering, and as fellow members of the Asian Church, we eagerly await the Universal Church’s official recognition of Seoul’s International Pilgrimage Routes,” rejoiced Cardinal Yeom.