Vatican Officials Make Dialogue Trip to South Korea

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VATICAN CITY, MAY 26, 2011 (Zenit.org).- The president and secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue are in South Korea for a five-day trip.

The Vatican announced today that Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran and Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata, respectively president and secretary of the dicastery, have been in South Korea since Monday.

They were invited by the South Korean Episcopal Commission for Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue.

The Vatican officials are meeting with various South Korean officials, including the president. They will also meet with representatives of Buddhism, Confucianism, Won Buddhism, Cheondism, the Association of Native Korean Religions and Protestant communities.

Cardinal Tauran will also give a conference at Seoul's major seminary on: "Interreligious Dialogue in the Teachings of Pope Benedict XVI."

The visit concludes Friday with the celebration of Holy Mass at the Jeoldu-san Korean Martyrs' Shrine.