People on the street in Pyongyang, North Korea

Near Pyongyang in North Korea, people pass through a railway crossing going about their daily business. 


“We stand with you in solidarity and prayer in the midst of this time of trial,” wrote Sauca. “We grieve with you before God, for the loss of those who have been taken by this pandemic.”

Sauca also expressed solidarity with those who share the pain of those who are sick and suffering. “It is our hope and prayer that during this crisis God will continue to accompany you and uphold you as the North Korean people strives for healing and recovery,” Sauca wrote. “As a global community of faith, we affirm that, even amid our vulnerability, we trust in God who is our hope.”

Sauca communicated a spirit of living hope. “While we all live amidst fear, anxiety, and uncertainty during this ongoing pandemic, may our faith and spiritual values sustain us to live with hope in God’s abundant mercies, love, care and protection,” he concluded.

WCC pastoral letter to the Korean Christian Federation

WCC expresses grave concern over COVID-19 outbreak in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (WCC news release, 17 May 2022)