Kwangju Archbishop defiantly declares 'automatic excommunication'
though the Local diocese of Gwangju declared the "Automatic excommunication" to
the pilgrims to Naju, Korea, thousands of pilgrims at Home and from abroad still
visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Naju. It's because the official stance of
Catholic Church (Vatican) on Naju Phenomena is "Non Constat de Supernaturalitate".
It Means that the pilgrimage to the Shrine of Naju should not be prohibited.
Our Lady of Naju (South Korea)
South Korea was formed in 1948, by the approval of the Federal
Constitution instituting the Government of the Republic. However, from 1950 to
1953, it faced a terrible and atrocius war with North Korea, an abominable fight
among brothers in search of domain and power. It brought disastrous
consequences to the population, which was barbarously attacked and killed,
leaving the whole country mourning and impoverished.
It all began in 1980, when Julia Kim, who was suffering from terminal cancer, was miraculously healed. She was at that time a Protestant but eventually converted to Catholicism. In 1982, Julia saw a vision of Jesus with his Sacred Heart bleeding and asking for suffering for the conversion of sinners.
The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of the Savior, began weeping through her statue owned by Julia Kim in Naju, Korea, on June 30, 1985. Since then, she has brought many messages and other miraculous signs, urging all her children in the world to hurriedly repent their sins and return to God, His Church, His Truth, and His Love, so that He may heal their sinful souls and restore supernatural life to them. She has especially implored us to be loyal to the Heritage of the Faith that Christ entrusted to His Church two thousand years ago and to love and forgive one another. She has also asked us to respect human lives from the moment of conception in the mother’s womb. Our Lady wants everyone to convert from a self-centered life to a life of serving God, defending and spreading His Truth, and passing on His Love to everyone on earth.
Who is Julia Kim?
Her original name is Hong-Sun Yoon. Julia is her baptismal name and Kim is her husband's last name. She was born in Naju, South Korea, on March 3, 1947. Her father was a school teacher and a scholar in Chinese literature. In 1950, when the Korean War broke out, her grandfather and father were killed by the Communist soldiers. Her younger sister also died of an illness. Julia, with her mother, began experiencing extreme poverty and had to work hard for survival. She could not finish junior high school because of the poverty.
Growing up as a Protestant, Julia married in 1972 Julio Kim. Julio works for the City of Naju, in its agricultural department. They have four children; two sons and two daughters. A short time later she became gravely ill. After spending all of her money on doctors, her diagnosis was determined to be cancer. In her depression, Julia felt that her life was not worth living and decided to commit suicide; her husband suggested that she see a Catholic priest before she committed this act. Julia agreed to this request and met with a local parish priest. When the priest greeted her, he declared: "You have received many graces from God." Julia did not understand the full impact of the priest’s words, however she did receive the Holy Spirit in a very special way that day. From that time forward, Julia’s journey of conversion would lead her to a complete healing and ultimately to embrace the Catholic faith.
Julia also often undergoes severe pains for the conversion of others and in reparation for abortions and other sins in the world. Several times, she received the Stigmata while suffering the pains of Crucifixion. She has been allowed to experience Eucharistic miracles. Many people, including priests witnessed that the Sacred Host Julia received had a first turned brown first and then become covered with blood. Many people began to firmly believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist because of these miracles.
Messages of Our Lady to Julia Kim of Naju regarding the Church:
Fragrant Oil from Our Lady's Statue:
For seven hundred consecutive days from November 24, 1992, to October 23, 1994.
The External Appearance of Bread in the Holy Eucharist changed into Visible Flesh and Blood on Julia's tongue:
Twelve times between May 1988 and October 1996. The miracle on October 31, 1995, was witnessed by Pope John Paul II during a Mass in the Pope’s private chapel in the Vatican. Bishop Roman Danylak from Toronto, Canada, and Bishop Dominic Su of Sibu, Malaysia, also witnessed the miracles in Naju and Sibu, respectively, and wrote their testimonies expressing their belief in the authenticity of these miracles.
The Sacred Host descended from Above to the Chapel in Naju:
Seven times between November 24, 1994, and August 27, 1997. The first two miracles were witnessed by the Apostolic Pro-Nuncio in Korea during his visit to Naju.
Descending Sacred Hosts:
On July 1, 1995, seven Sacred Hosts descended. They were consumed by two priests and five lay people including Julia according to the local Archbishop’s instruction. The external appearance of the Sacred Host that Julia received changed into visible Flesh and Blood on her tongue. A sample of this Blood was tested in the medical laboratory at Seoul National University and was found to be human blood. The descent of the Eucharist on June 12, 1997, was witnessed by Bishop Paul Kim of the Cheju Diocese in Korea. The Eucharist again descended on August 27, 1997, during Fr. Raymond Spies’ visit to Naju. An intense fragrance is continuing (as of May 1998) from the spot on the floor in the Chapel where the Eucharist landed.
Spiritual and Physical Healings:
Numerous people have regained love and peace in their families and returned to the Sacraments. Many were healed physically, especially while repenting their sinful lives after experiencing Our Lady’s love.
Bleeding occurred on Julia’s two hands and two feet during her sufferings. Doctors examined Julia and stated that her wounds and bleeding had no medical explanation. The first Eucharistic miracle took place in the Naju Parish Church on 5th June 1988 during Mass when Julia Kim received Holy Communion and the Sacred Host turned into flesh and blood in her mouth. Since then, she has experienced this miracle on many occasions, both in Naju and abroad. It has been witnessed by many people, including priests, the Pope's representatives and even the Holy Father himself when Julia visited the Vatican in October 1995. During a private Mass celebrated by the Holy Father, Julia received Holy Communion and the Eucharistic miracle occurred again, for the twelfth time. The Sacred Host turned to flesh and blood on Julia's tongue. The newsletter, Mary's Touch, reported: "Immediately after the Mass, the Holy Father, came to Julia and witnessed this miracle. His Holiness blessed Julia and her companions".
I myself took some samples of your water
to my country. Several microbiologists have put themselves to the analysis of
the water with strongly encouraging results. My friends at the National Center
for Epidemiology in Budapest have maintained that the research with the holy
water was never tiresome and constantly led them to unexpected discoveries. Of
course, scientific analyses require much time since it is necessary to repeat
them several times before definitive confirmation of the results can be
obtained. What we can say with certitude after a year of research is that the
holy water from Naju stops such bacteria as salmonella, escherichia coli,
yessinia enterocholitica and cidrobacter freundii from propagating. These
initial results have been verified not only with the original water from Naju
but also with normal water to which a certain quantity of the holy water has
been added. A series of experiments has demonstrated that upon simultaneously
exposing a test tube of tap water and one of holy water to sunlight for several
weeks, algae become noticeable in the first one three weeks before the
phenomenon occurs in the second. Even so, the holy water maintains its purity
and odorlessness longer than the normal water. Biologists and chemists are
constantly at work to explore to what degree the holy water of Naju possesses
the power to purify contaminated water, for example the water taken from a
river. Laboratory experiments executed in August 1998 demonstrated that just one
milliliter of the water from Naju purified to the original level 200 milliliters
of tap water. Confirmation of these results is expected from here at the end of
January. Water beetles were found to be useful agents in this process.
Pope John-Paul II
When Julia and her Husband Julio visited The Vatican on Oct 31,1995, pope John-Paul II witnessed the miracle of Eucharist, which was changed into a lump of bloody flesh in her mouth. Then the Pope blessed her family blessing and gave them a Rosary as a gift.
Update January 28, 2016:
Pilgrimage to Naju is allowed as the official position of the Church on Naju
Please see: http://www.najumary.or.kr/
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