The Marianist Korean District gathered in Seoul on the weekend of May 5-6 1984 to take part in the Pope's visit. A special meeting with the Pope John Paul II was held on May fifth in the gymnasium at Sogang University. By 3:30 pm the religious and clergy began waiting for the Pontiff's 7:30 pm arrival. Distict superior Bro. Vianney Ahn and two other religious presented gifts for the Pope during the meeting.
On May 6 the Marianists left the house at 5:30 am for the Yoido Plaza. The Marianists, along with other religious and clergy had reserved seats. Everyone in the crowd of over 1,000,000 people had a Korean and a Vatican flag - When the Pope arrived there were 2,000,000 flags waving.
During the four and a half hour Mass, the Pope proclaimed in Latin the 103 Korean Martyrs as saints. (PAC June 1 1984)
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