One of the patriots in our Korean History is Ahn Jung-geun. He is the man who assassinated the first Prime Minister of Japan Ito Hirobumi in
The Catholic Church is beginning to take a much deeper look at Ahn. In the past he did not always receive the interest that one would expect from such a patriot. This however has all changed. There are elements to the story of Thomas Ahn that are somewhat embarrassing for the
Even though one says he knows about patriot Ahn and his act:
for the most part it is that he engraved a cross on the bullet
prayed for success and when in prison heard
of the death of Ito he made the sign of the cross and thanked
God. It is only fragmentary bits and pieces. It is clear that despite the
part in our history we were indifferent and negligent of this.
The editorial went on to say in conclusion that he is a good symbol of a Christian who did not take the suffering of his country lightly. He is an important asset to have for the Korean Catholic spirituality of the future.
There is a good article in the Wikipedia on An Jung-geun which will give you a good idea of the man and his ideals.