The Pope has approved the advancement of the causes for canonisation of over one hundred lay Catholics persecuted for their faith, as well as a bishop, a religious sister, and two priests, reports the Catholic News Agency.
In a decree on February 7, Pope Francis authorised the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints to promulgate the causes of these Catholics in the various stages of the canonisation process.
Layman Paul Yun Ji-Chung, along with 123 others who lived in Korea between 1791 and 1888, was recognised for his martyrdom in refusal to renounce the Catholic faith. Yun Ji-Chung came from a noble family and converted to Catholicism at the age of 28, eventually helping his mother and and other family members to convert as well.
In 1790, three years after his baptism, Yun Ji-Chung’s bishop declared the ancestral rites to be prohibited. The following year, the young man incurred the wrath of the authorities by rejecting the use of Confucian ancestral rites for his mother’s funeral, insisting upon their irrationality.
After his steadfast adherence to the faith, he was beheaded on December 8, 1791 at the age of 32.
FULL STORY Sainthood causes of over 100 martyrs advanced by Pope (Catholic News Agency)