A bowl of caring

28 January 2021
Media empire founder, peace mediator between North and South Korea, promoter of a soup- kitchen in his Archdiocese at Epiphany. That’s all Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, Archbishop of Seoul, a guest speaker of the 52 nd International Eucharistic Congress.

Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, Archbishop of Seoul, South Korea has been doing a lot so far, and still keeps on working so, both for the dialogue between North and South Korea, and for taking care of the poor. Recognising the mass media’s importance, it’s already been a pretty long time that Andrew Yeom Soo-jung has been urging for the Church’s presence in the media world. As a matter of fact, the Church Dignitary went much further… and since actions speak louder than words, he founded the Peace Broadcasting Corporation.
At Epiphany, the Archdiocese of Seoul, arm in arm with the SK Group, a large South Korean company started its soup-kitchen project. A canteen, called “Myeongdong Babjib”, has been opened by a group of Catholics from the Myondong Cathedral, where, as from January 6 onwards, three times a week, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays a weekly 1.400 portion of packed hot lunches are distributed amongst the needy.
Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, Archbishop of the Seoul Archdiocese was the promoter of the initiative. The food distribution is sponsored by the energy and chemicals division of the SK Group, one of the largest conglomerates in South Korea.
The aid action volunteers are members of the One Body One Spirit (OBOS) movement that belongs to the Diocese Caritas. Even the Cardinal himself took an active part in packing and distributing the food. Franz Jeong-hwan Kim, Executive director of the OBOS noted, that when Pope Francis visited the Myongdong Cathedral in 2014, he blessed them, and asked them to be the yeast of the Gospel so to change the Church from inside and invisibly. “I hope that the Myongdong soup kitchen will be a small yeast that transforms both the Church, and the world into a warm and loving place.” – added the Director of the movement.
Cardinal Yeom says that this soup kitchen is a response to the Pontiff’s past year’s message “Stretch forth your hand to the poor!” having been sent on the World Day of the Poor.
The IEC guest speaker, Cardinal Yeom also added:

“This message is a call for all of us to commit ourselves to the
care of the poor as a human family.”

The soup kitchen is the perfect place to reach out to all those who live in the poorest parts of the world, and to share our food so that no one is left hungry. I do hope that this house is going to become a place that offers real help and service to those in need.”
This current project is likely to be the first step on the way to a stronger focus on the needy. The Cardinal is of the hope that the soup kitchen is the first step of a project that foresees the creation of a refugee home where the homeless can wash themselves, can get assistance to find a job, and to be able to reintegrate themselves into the society.


Photo: Seoul Archdiocese
Source: asianews.it, ucanews.com