|St. Andrew Kim Taegon (d. 1846)|
Andrew Kim Taegon was canonized along with Paul Chong Hasang (a Korean government official who embraced Catholic Christianity even in the face of death) and 102 other Korean martyrs by Bl. Pope John Paul II in 1984. They're commemorated today on the Church calendar as "Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang and Companions, Martyrs of Korea."
Unfortunately, Christian martyrdom is not something out of history. It is very real today in places such as Iraq and Egypt (to name just two). On this day, please say a prayer for our Christian brothers and sisters who live in areas of religious persecution - who live in fear for their safety and for thier lives.
Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon and Paul Chong Hasang, pray for us.