Cardinal celebrates Buddha's birthday
Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk, the archbishop of Seoul, delivered a congratulatory message on Buddha's birthday, which falls on May 28 this year, to the Jogye Order, the country's largest Buddhist sect, Monday.
"We wish that the mercy of Buddha, who came to this world to save all creatures in agony, spreads to everyone, especially for those who are poor and pitiful. We also hope that Buddha's lessons give true joy and happiness of life to those who are not able to find the meaning of life," the cardinal said in the message.
The Seoul Archdiocese will congratulate the 2556th anniversary of Buddha’s Birthday by posting a banner that reads, "Celebrating Buddha's birthday together" at Myeongdong Cathedral in central Seoul from Friday.
Monk Jeongyul will sing a hymn at Sunday's mass at the cathedral. Once a student of vocal music, he will sing "Ave Maria" and "Centering Prayer" at the mass.
Other Catholic churches will also express congratulatory wishes.
Seongbuk-dong Catholic Church, which maintains a good neighborly relationship with nearby Gilsang Temple, will also hang a placard and send orchids to commemorate the occasion. The two have hosted joint charity events since 2008 and are considered a model of harmony between religions.