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Andrew Kim of Taegon
It is unknown as to when St. Kim was born.
He died in 1846 and was Canonized in 1984.
St. Kim was the first native priest of Korea. His feast day is
celebrated along with St. Paul Chõng. Along with these two saints this
day honors another 101 Koreans, clergy and lay, young and old, that were
martyred between 1839 and 1867 in Korea.
The evangelization of Korea began during the 17th century
through a group of lay persons. A strong vital Christian community
flourished there under lay leadership until missionaries arrived from
the Paris Foreign Mission Society.
During the terrible persecutions that
occurred in the 19th century one hundred and three members of the
Christian community gave their lives as martyrs. Outstanding among these
witnesses to the faith were the first Korean priest and pastor, Andrew
Kim Taegon, and the lay apostle, Paul Chong Hasang.
Among the other martyrs were a few bishops and priests, but
for the most part lay people, men and women, married and unmarried,
children, young people, and the elderly. All suffered greatly for the
Faith and consecrated the rich beginnings of the Church of Korea with
their blood as martyrs.
Pope John Paul II, during his trip to Korea, canonized these
martyrs on May 6, 1984, and inserted their feast into the Calendar of
the Universal Church.