– Seoul (AsiaNews) More than 20 celebrities from South Korea’s music and entertainment industry have come together to create a video clip  in honor of Pope Francis  and his apostolic trip to the nation… The actor Ahn Sung-ki, one of the organizers of the event, explained that “if we are united in prayer for others [through the music], this could be the most beautiful bouquet of flowers that we could present to the Pope on his arrival”.

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The Korea Herald reports that the video titled “Koinonia” is a celebration of the Pope’s visit to South Korea, and derives its name from the Greek words for friendship and sharing in communion. “So many people live just for themselves. If more people prayed for others, the world would be a better place to live,” adds the author and composer Noh Young-sim, during the press conference launching the music video that was held on July 7 at the Cathedral of Myeongdong in Seoul, where the Pope will celebrate the final mass of the trip.

Other celebrities taking part include the actress Kim Tae-hee, her colleague Kim Woo-bin and singer Bada. ” The song carries our hope that the pope’s visit will bring joy to all of Korea, beyond religious differences,” said Sung-ki; he does not hide his “surprise” at the fact that “many stars” decided to participate, and many others wanted to, but were unable because of previous commitments.

The original version of the song will be played in the various appointments scheduled during the Pope Francis’ visit, including the beatification ceremony of the 124 Korean martyrs.

Catholicism is very strong in Korea. According to CNN, some 5.4 million Koreans are Catholics and the number continues to grow, with roughly 100,000 baptisms per year. Let us pray for all of them and the visit of our Holy Father.

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