These nineteenth century Korean martyrs remind us not only of the universal nature of the Church, but also of the price paid by many for the Faith, even today. St Andrew Kim said: ‘This is my last hour of life, listen to me attentively: if I have held communication with foreigners, it has been for my religion and for my God. It is for Him that I die. My immortal life is on the point of beginning’.

May he and his companions pray for the strengthening of all who are under persecution for the Faith today. May God bless you in your own life and witness.