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ICC Note: South Korea will build a new chapel in the Joint Security Area (JSA) at Panmunjom, the truce village on the inter-Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on its Northern border. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 5, presided over by Bishop Francis Xavier Yu Soo-il. The facility will act as a “chapel of peace” so people can pray to overcome the division of the two Koreas.

06/25/2018 North Korea (UCA News) – A new chapel will be built in the Joint Security Area (JSA) at Panmunjom, a truce village on the inter-Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that was established at the end of the (1950-53) Korean War.

On June 5 a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new chapel presided over by Bishop Francis Xavier Yu Soo-il.

The chapel will replace an older structure built in 1958 three years after the peace talks at Panmunjom resulted in a ceasefire.

The 65-year armistice means the two Koreas remain technically in a state of war despite a recent series of rapprochement talks between U.S. President Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The facility, which will be placed in front of the JSA Visitor Center, will act as a “chapel of peace” in this historic setting where the scars of the war remain despite the latest wave of momentum for reconciliation and increased inter-Korean exchanges.

“The construction of the new chapel in the JSA is a gift showing God’s grace,” Bishop Xavier said.

“The chapel, located in the closest possible place to North Korea, will serve as somewhere we can pray to overcome the division of the two Koreas as we hope for peaceful reunification,” he added.

“It will also serve as a spiritual cradle for the soldiers guarding the truce village. A blessing on all those who visit here.”

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