The population of South Korea has a diverse range of religious beliefs. While the majority of citizens don’t formally align themselves with any religion, around 8% of the population is Catholic Christian. These 10 idols are part of the Catholic faith too, and their English (or rather, Italian in most cases) baptismal names are simply beautiful.
1. Chaeyoung (TWICE)
TWICE’s Chaeyoung once talked about going to a Catholic church during Christmases with her family on live broadcast.
Chaeyoung’s baptismal name is Katarina (or Catarina).
2. Hwasa (MAMAMOO)
MAMAMOO Hwasa’s baptismal name is Maria.
It holds such meaning to her that she made it the title of her latest comeback, which included more allusions to Catholicism. She also has a “Maria” tattoo on her neck.
3. Wheein (MAMAMOO)
Alongside Hwasa, MAMAMOO’s Wheein is Catholic too. Reportedly, Wheein was originally a Protestant Christian, but Hwasa converted Wheein to Catholicism while they were schoolmates.
Wheein’s baptismal name is Gabriela.
4. Yuju (GFRIEND)
GFRIEND’s Yuju discussed her Catholic faith on New Yang Nam Show, and fans have spotted her doing the sign of the cross before.
Yuju’s baptismal name is Angela.
5. Naeun (Apink)
Apink’s Naeun revealed her Catholic faith on an episode of Radio Star and has often been spotted wearing cross jewelry and rosary accessories.
Naeun’s baptismal name is Marcella.
6. Chorong (Apink)
Fellow Apink member Chorong is also Catholic. When she guest starred on Battle Trip, she and Bomi visited the famous Marija Bistrica Church in Croatia.
Chorong’s baptismal name is Lea.
Soloist BoA has always been dedicated to her religion, promoting the Catholic church and its message through her artistry. She even got to meet Pope Francis in 2014.
BoA’s baptismal name is Chiara.
8. Jisun (fromis_9)
Jisun hasn’t talked much about her faith, but she did once reveal that she’s a Catholic Christian.
Jisun’s baptismal name is Lucia.
Former KARA member Youngji has shared images and videos of herself attending Catholic mass in the past.
Youngji’s baptismal name is Stella.
Last but not least, former Secret member Hyosung is a member of the Catholic faith too.
Hyosung’s baptismal name is Isabella.