Some 500 people have taken part in a multi-faith meetingto commemorate three religious leaders.
They shared a message of peace gifted by Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan, Reverend Kang Won-yong and Venerable Beopjeong at the Coste Hall in Myeongdong Cathedral yesterday.
The three leaders all passed away in recent years. They had been friends in spiritual dialogue and social engagement for decades.
Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul said in his greeting address: “Many people can learn Buddha’s mercy from Venerable Beopjeong and Jesus’ love from Cardinal Kim and Reverend Kang.”
“We should follow the example of the three leaders and make every effort to deliver their common message of peace to our society,” he added.
Venerable Song Wol-joo, former chief executive of the Jogye order, recalled that Reverend Kang had always suggested third-party ways of harmony to resolve conflict and discord in Korean society.
Retired Anglican Archbishop Kim Soung-soo said: “Cardinal Kim was our friend, priest, archbishop and cardinal beyond Catholicism.”
Joseph Choi Jong-tae, honorary professor of Seoul National University, recollected that he sculpted a statue of Buddha in Gilsangsa temple, established by Venerable Beopjeong, and a statue of Jesus in Myeongdong Cathedral.
The Catholic said, “Venerable Beopjeong and Cardinal Kim gave us the gift (of) hope for peace.”