Park congratulates South Korea's new cardinal

SEOUL, Jan. 13 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye offered her congratulations to the archbishop of Seoul on his promotion to cardinal, her office said Monday.

Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, the 71-year-old archbishop of Seoul, was one of the 19 new cardinals named by Pope Francis. He is South Korea's third cardinal after late Stephen Cardinal Kim Sou-hwan (1922-2009) and Nicholas Cardinal Cheong Jin-suk.

On Monday, Park called Yeom to offer congratulations, saying his promotion was what South Koreans had hoped for, according to senior presidential press secretary Lee Jung-hyun.

In March, Park expressed her hope for a new South Korean cardinal when Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples at the Vatican, visited Seoul to mark 50 years of diplomatic relations between Korea and the Roman Curia.

Park also expressed hope for a papal visit to Korea at the time.

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