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Young pilgrims can walk for peace in South Korea

Applications invited from youngsters around the world who want to visit demilitarized zone.

Young pilgrims from around the world attend the opening ceremony of the 2018 Wind of Peace pilgrimage in South Korea on Aug. 16, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Archdiocese of Seoul)

Young people from around the world are invited to take part in a pilgrimage to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) dividing South Korea from North Korea.

Anyone aged 19-27 who care for peace, regardless of religion, can apply for the 2019 Wind of Peace — World Youth Peace Pilgrimage to DMZ from Aug. 16-22.

The event will include lectures, discussions and experience programs for participants.

The pilgrimage is organized by the Committee for Reconciliation of the Korean People of the Archdiocese of Seoul and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Ministry of Unification.

The event will allow 72 pilgrims (36 from South Korea, 36 from abroad) to “think together, share together and walk together for peace” in and around the DMZ, which is a meaningful area showing the pain of the Korean War and ecological treasures at the same time.

Wind of Peace has been held every year since 2012. It has attracted youngsters from countries such as Laos, Mexico, Malta, the United States, India, China and Pakistan from different political, cultural and religious backgrounds who pray for peace in the world as well as on the Korean Peninsula.

“I wish you young people longing for peace in and around Korea can have a chance to think about peace while making a pilgrimage to the DMZ area where there’s a rare chance to visit,” Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, the archbishop of Seoul, said at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Wind of Peace pilgrimage.

Anybody who wants to take part in the pilgrimage must download the application form on the organizing committee’s website ( and apply by May 31.

Source: UCAN

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