Title : POSTAGE STAMP COMMEORATIVE OF THE BICENTNNEAL OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN KOREA  (View Souvenir Sheet)
Stamp Serial#
1333 
KPC#
C-987 
MICHEL#
1358 
StanGib#
1601 
Scott#
1359 
Date of Issue
01/04/1984 
Quantity
4,000,000 
Denomination
70Won 
Design
Embiem and a ray of Light 
Designer
Kim, Kyo-man 
Image Area
23mm X 33mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5 X 4 
Paper
White
Unwatermarked
Print
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Republic of korea 
Description
The year 1984 marks the bicentennal of the Korean Catholic Church.

The propagation of Catholicism started in 1784, when Yi Sung-humn returned from Peking, China. Where he had studied the principles of the Catholicism and been baptized. As believers in the new religion increased in number, persecutions came from the government. The number of believers, however, continued to increase, and in 1794 they received Chinese Father Jacob Chou and, later on, other foreign fathers and bishops. The first Korean to become a Catholic priest was Father Andrew Kim Dae-Kon(1822~1846), who died a martyr at the age of 24 after suffering horrible torture.

The 1945 Liberation of our country brought about a rapid growth of Catholicism, which spread into both the general public and intellectuals. The Church has today grown to 14 dioceses with 1,000 Korean priests, 218 friars, 3,456 sisters, and a total of 1,578,000 lay believers. The special Committee of Bishops of the Korean Catholic Church established for the commemoration of the 200th year is preparing, under the slogan "Light on This Land", a variety of enterprises, pastoral conference and cultural activities in celebration of the anniversary.

The Ministry of Communications issues this postage stamp in commemoration of the 200th year of the Korean Catholic Church, which is expected to continue to play its role "Light on This Land", as it has in the past 200years.