Korea, January 17th , 2018 (UCAN). The Catholic Times of Korea and Hong Kong Diocese's Holy Spirit Study Center have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at boosting evangelization efforts in Asia, especially in mainland China.

The MoU was signed by Cardinal John Tong Hon, director of the center, and Father Pius Yi Ki-soo, the president of the Catholic Times, at Hong Kong's Holy Spirit Seminary near Aberdeen Harbor.

"The MoU will be a meaningful step for both of us in our joint efforts on evangelization of Asia," said Father Pius Yi. "The cooperation of the two institutions will create an amazing synergy effect regarding the evangelization of Asia, the most important pastoral concern of the universal church in the 21st century."

According to the agreement, both sides will exchange information on evangelization of Asia including China and will jointly hold events related to evangelization including an international symposium to be held in 2019.

Cardinal Tong said the research center and the Catholic Times of Korea now have a starting point when it comes to evangelization, especially regarding China.

"I hope that the institute's research efforts will inform Korean Catholics to better understand the church in China," said Cardinal Tong.

The Holy Spirit Study Center is the leading Catholic institution on matters related to the church in China and it works for the formation of Chinese clergies. The Catholic Times of Korea is the oldest and most influential Catholic weekly in Korea. Last year the publication celebrated its 100th anniversary.