‘Comfort women’ to attend Mass with pope in South Korea


Korean women forced to work at Japanese military brothels during World War II have been invited to a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis on Aug. 18 during his planned visit to South Korea, the Yonhap News Agency reported, citing an announcement by the preparatory committee for the papal visit.

Furthermore, efforts are underway to arrange a meeting between the pope and the “comfort women,” many of whom are Catholic, a committee official said Monday.

Pope Francis is expected to deliver a message to the women during the Mass at Myeongdong Cathedral in central Seoul as part of his Aug. 14-18 mission pushing peace on the Korean Peninsula, Yonhap said.

There appears to be no plan yet for the pope to meet alone with the women and it is unclear if their presence in the congregation will give them a chance to talk to him.

The South Korean committee plans to inform the Vatican ahead of the trip that the women will be in the congregation, Yonhap said.

If the head of the Roman Catholic Church were to meet with the comfort women it would likely make headlines worldwide.

The trip will be Pope Francis’ first visit to Asia since he was elected in March 2013. It will be the first papal visit to South Korea since 1989, when John Paul II traveled there.

The pontiff is expected to hold a range of meetings, including with President Park Geun-hye. About 11 percent of the population is Catholic and many other South Koreans are members of Protestant churches.

  • wada

    There is no proof of coercion.

    After reading at least the investigation report of the Japanese government(*1, *2), I want you to read a newspaper article. The comfort-women verification report of subject is here these days. The thing with still few English-language edition reports is regrettable.

    *1: Details of Exchanges Between Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) Regarding the Comfort Women Issue
    *2: 慰安婦問題を巡る日韓間のやりとりの経緯~河野談話作成からアジア女性基金まで~(日本語)
    *3: 朝日「慰安婦」報道特集
    *4: 検証朝日「慰安婦」報道 (1) 虚構の「強制連行」拡散
    *5: 検証朝日「慰安婦」報道 (2) 記事と証言に食い違い
    *6: 検証朝日「慰安婦」報道 (3)「軍関与」首相の訪韓を意識
    *7: 検証朝日「慰安婦」報道 (4) 韓国メディアと「共鳴」
    *8: SPECIAL REVIEW of The Asahi Shimbun’s “Comfort Women” Reporting / The paper slow to correct its errors
    *9: Unraveling the ‘comfort women’ issue ? Asahi under probe ? / Suspicions over Yoshida statements ignored
    *10: Unraveling the ‘comfort women’ issue ? Asahi under probe ? / ‘Forcibly taken away’ reports spread widely
    *11: Unraveling the ‘comfort women’ issue ? Asahi under probe ? / Inconsistencies in articles, testimony
    *12: Unraveling the ‘comfort women’ issue ? Asahi under probe ? / Report’s timing complicated Miyazawa’s S. Korea visit
    *13: Unraveling the ‘comfort women’ issue ?Asahi under probe ? Asahi, South Korean media shared sympathy
    *14:【歴史戦 第5部 「朝日検証」の波紋(上)1】朝日新聞 22年前から女子挺身隊と慰安婦の混同に気付く ソウル発記事で疑義
    *15:【歴史戦 第5部 「朝日検証」の波紋(上)2】社内からの指摘を放置
    *16:【歴史戦 第5部 「朝日検証」の波紋(上)3】信じたくない「吉田の嘘」
    *17:【歴史戦 第5部 「朝日検証」の波紋(中)1】「歴史教育議連」を狙い撃ち 「常識発言」撤回に追い込む
    *18:【歴史戦 第5部 「朝日検証」の波紋(中)2】慰安婦強制への疑問も批判対象
    *19:【歴史戦 第5部 「朝日検証」の波紋(下)1】慰安婦問題「オールコリア態勢」 クマラスワミ氏取材を韓国外務省サポート
    *20:【歴史戦 第5部 「朝日検証」の波紋(下)2】韓国紙が「朝日助ける方法あるはず」とまで擁護するのはなぜか
    *21:【歴史戦 第6部 「主戦場」米国】サンフランシスコ市に新たな慰安婦像計画 中国系が準備委設置
    *22:【歴史戦 第6部 「主戦場」米国(1)前半】サンフランシスコに反日拠点の衝撃、中華街舞台に記念館9月オープン
    *23:【歴史戦 第6部 「主戦場」米国(1)後半】朝日訂正も無視、首都で「強制連行」宣伝 中韓連携で同時多発的設置の恐れ
    *24:【歴史戦 第6部 「主戦場」米国(2)】朝日報道後に米国でも火が付いた慰安婦問題
    *25:【歴史戦 第6部 「主戦場」米国(3)前半】被告は「河野洋平」 司法にも持ち込まれた強制連行 談話を巧妙利用
    *26:【歴史戦 第6部 「主戦場」米国(3)後半】慰安婦訴訟、米司法・行政は「決着済み」 次の標的は議会
    *27:【歴史戦 第6部 「主戦場」米国(4)上】米下院での慰安婦決議、先兵ホンダ氏支えた反日団体
    *28:【歴史戦 第6部 「主戦場」米国(4)下】「20世紀最大の人身売買」と断罪した米下院慰安婦決議、世紀の冤罪に
    *29:【歴史戦 第6部 「主戦場」米国(5)】 中国が正面に 狙いは「日米離反」 終わらない「慰安婦」糾弾
    *30: How Asahi Shimbun assessed its coverage of ‘comfort women’ issue
    *31: Editorial: Asahi Shimbun should explain coverage of ‘comfort women’ issue
    *32: 朝日の慰安婦検証記事への疑問 日本文化大学学長・大森義夫