South Korea: Catholic Asia's greatest hope
Catholicism is booming in South Korea, with one of the highest vocations and conversion rates in Asia.
Speaking at a recent congress on the Martyrs of Africa and Asia at Rome's Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, Fr Domenico Young Minku of the Catholic University of Suwon revealed that there are some 150,000 baptisms a year in South Korea, most of them involving adults.
Seminaries and convents are also full. This year Korea also became the second Asian country, after the traditionally Catholic Philippines, to open a seminary in Rome.
Fr Minku noted the 'unique' history of Catholicism in Korea, because "the Catholic Church was born spontaneously" in this country, after Korean intellectuals read Chinese-language books by European missionaries in the 18th century.