Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Monsignor Ha Anton Trauner

Pictured above is the Bavarian who was "one of the first foreign Catholic missionaries to arrive here after the Korean War" profiled by The Korea Herald's Hannah Stuart-Leach — Spreading the gospel of love. “The people asked me, ‘How long will you stay?’ and I said, ‘I will stay till my death,’ and they were very happy.’”

The article mentions that "his lifelong quest remains the reunification of Korea ― something he believes is necessary to alleviate the massive humanitarian crisis there." In fact, "he organized the first large-scale reunification meeting in 1974 at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju." Furthermore, he "was also the first to introduce the Blue Army, an American export which has its core in the defeat of communism, the Red Army, through Christianity."

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