Cornerstone Placed Marking Future Spot of a Chapel for Peace in Korea

Source: FSSPX News

On June 5, 2018, the cornerstone for a Catholic place of worship in the village of Panmunjom, where the two Koreas meet, was blessed. The future chapel will be dedicated to praying for peace and should be finished by March 2019.

The new chapel will be built on the 38th latitude line in the Joint Security Area (JSA) that is under the UN’s jurisdiction. Its vocation will be to provide spiritual support for the soldiers stationed in the village.

“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," explained Bishop François-Xavier Yu Soo-il, bishop of the military ordinariate in South Korea, who blessed the building’s cornerstone on June 5.

The future chapel will be able to hold about a hundred faithful. “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.

May Our Lady of Fatima obtain true peace for this peninsula that is still divided and officially at war since the 65-year armistice.