Rome Newsroom, Sep 1, 2021 / 14:00 pm
The relics of three of Korea’s oldest Catholic martyrs have been identified with DNA testing, the Diocese of Jeonju announced on Wednesday.
The relics of Blessed Paul Yun Ji-chung and two of his martyr companions were confirmed by the Catholic Church after a months-long investigation that involved historical research and DNA analysis.
The martyrs — identified as Paul Yun Ji-chung, James Kwon Sang-yeon, and Francis Yun Ji-heon — were among the first of thousands of Catholics to be tortured and executed under the 500-year rule of the Choson dynasty.
Their remains were discovered outside of Jeonju in South Korea during renovations of a historic Catholic site in Wanju county, according to a letter from Bishop John Kim Son-tae of Jeonju.