Bishop: North Korea’s threats might aim to increase aid, preserve pride

By N.J. Viehland

Catholic News Service

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea said North Korea’s recent threats of aggression may be an attempt to shore up foreign aid while preserving pride.

“It is our presumption that they wish to draw out some financial assistance from abroad without conceding their pride or self-esteem,” Bishop Peter Kang U-Il of Cheju, South Korea, said in an April 9 email to Catholic News Service. [full report]

In the CNS report, the bishop said he personally appealed to people of Korea to pray for the peace in the peninsula. He offered a prayer he composed appealing for mercy for a “silly flock” whose actions are causing hunger, suffering and drawing people to violence and death.

He sent this English-language Prayer for Peace along to Catholic News Service April 9.