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How an American bishop became a Korean martyr

Bishop Patrick James Byrne was born in the United States, but he died on a forced march in the harsh Korean snows under the watch of communist soldiers. Now the Catholic bishops of South Korea are considering whether he should beatified among a group of Korean martyrs. “Bishop Byrne is one of the unsung heroes










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More than 200 Korean martyrs are up for beatification

The first Bishop of Pyongyang, an American born-bishop, and numerous priests and laity are among the 213 who could be beatified and advanced on the process to sainthood under a process begun in South Korea. Bishop Lazarus You Heung-sik of Daejon predicted it will take at least ten years before any beatification or canonization, “but










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