“The pop star known as Rain has become the latest South Korean celebrity to convert to Catholicism.
Rain, formerly known as Jung Ji-Hoon, started off in the boy band Fanclub before launching a solo career as a singer. He later starred in several films in Korea and America, most notably the critically acclaimed romantic comedy ‘I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK’.
A publicist for the 32-year-old star said: ‘Rain has recently received baptism as a Catholic. It was something that was planned a long time ago. Only family and close friends attended.’
Other prominent Catholic converts in Korea include the Olympic champion figure skater Kim Yuna.
Official statistics suggest that the Church in South Korea has grown by 70 per cent in the last 10 years.”
– This article entitled ‘Korean pop star joins the Catholic Church’ was published in ‘The Catholic Herald’ issue July 25 2014. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).