SEOUL, Feb. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — Commemorating the 10th year since the death of Cardinal Kim Sou-hwan this week, the South Korean Catholic community developed a computer typeface memorializing the handwriting of the widely revered Catholic leader, according to the Catholic Publishing House on Friday.
The publishing house said the “Cardinal Kim Sou-hwan font” was developed as part of the Catholic communities’ 10th anniversary projects designed to commemorate and promote the life and spirit of the late cardinal who passed away on Feb. 16, 2009.
The Korean font took its style from the late cardinal’s manuscripts and was carefully designed to replicate even the tiniest details of his handwriting, including the texture of the pen he frequently used while he was alive.
Print samples of the font provided by the publishing house show a humble but elegantly rounded handwriting style, a quality reminiscent of the cardinal’s own personality.
“One’s penmanship is his mind’s vehicle where his life and spirit have melted into,” the Catholic Publishing House said. “The Cardinal Kim Sou-hwan font may serve as a reminder of his life and spirit, which may help (us) feel as if the cardinal who we cannot meet anymore is together with us.”
The special font will be used on select occasions when the Catholic community deems it necessary.
The Catholic community will hold a ceremony at the publishing house on Feb. 22 to consecrate the new font, it also said.
Having played a major role in fighting the dictatorship to bring about democratization in the 1970s and 1980s, the Catholic leader remains one of the most revered and widely loved religious leaders in South Korea.