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Pope Holds Press Conference On Flight Back From Korea

August 19, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope Holds Press Conference On Flight Back From Korea
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2014-08-18 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) From the possibility of the unification of the Koreas to the idea of “just war”, from the situation of persecuted minorities in Iraq to the Pope’s upcoming journey to Albania: on the flight back from Korea to Rome, Pope Francis answered questions put to him by journalists travelling with him aboard the papal plane. In what has become a traditional impromptu press conference aboard the papal plane, journalists spent more than an hour questioning the Pope about his recent visit to Korea for the 6th Asian Youth Day, about issues raised during the journey, his take on the ongoing violence against Christians and other minorities in Iraq, and about plans for future foreign trips. The first…Continue Reading

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Pope Ends Korean Visit With Call For Peace And Reconciliation

August 18, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope Ends Korean Visit With Call For Peace And Reconciliation
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(Vatican Radio) On the final day of his visit to Korea, Pope Francis celebrated Mass for peace and reconciliation in Seoul’s Myeong-dong cathedral during which he prayed for the grace of healing and unity on the divided Korean peninsula. At the beginning of the Mass the Pope also had special words of support for a group of elderly ‘comfort women’ forced into prostitution for the Japanese military during the Second World War. In his homily Pope Francis recalled the divisions and conflict that has lasted for over sixty years since the Korean war in the 1950s and he urged all followers of Christ in Korea to reflect on their own contribution to the building of a truly just and humane…Continue Reading

Pope Francis : “Asian Youth! Wake up!”

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2014-08-17 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis continues  his Apostolic journey to Korea which began August 13th and ends on August 18th. This marks his  first visit to Asia, a continent where 60% of the world’s  population lives. While on Saturday he presided over a beatification ceremony of 124 Korean martyrs in Seoul on Sunday he travelled by helicopter to Haemi, which lies 102 kilometers south west of this capital city, to preside over another solemn celebration: the concluding  Mass to mark the 6th Asian Youth Day. At the end of the Mass Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias, President of the Federation of the Asian Bishop’s Conference, announced that Indonesia would be the venue for the  7th Asian Youth Day in 2017. The venue for…Continue Reading

Pope Asks Young Koreans To Pray For Unity

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2014-08-16 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) On the second day of his visit to South Korea, Pope Francis asked young people from across the Asian Continent to pray for the unity of the Korean family. His words came as he greeted an enthusiastic, cheering crowd of participants at the 6th Asian Youth Day gathered outside the Shrine of the Korean Martyrs at Solmoe. Pope Francis responded to a series of questions posed to him by some of those present, including the question of a Korean girl who spoke of the suffering of her nation caused by the separation between North and South.  At a certain point during the Pope’s meeting with the youth of Asia at the Solmoe Shrine it was clear he’d…Continue Reading

Pope’s Homily at Mass for Feast of Assumption in South Korea

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In her, all God’s promises have been proved trustworthy Seoul, August 15, 2014 (Zenit.org) Here is a Vatican translation of the homily Pope Francis gave today as he celebrated Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption, on the second day of his trip to South Korea. The Mass was celebrated in Daejeon at World Cup Stadium. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In union with the whole Church, we celebrate the Assumption of Our Lady, body and soul, into the glory of heaven.  Mary’s Assumption shows us our own destiny as God’s adoptive children and members of the body of Christ.  Like Mary our Mother, we are called to share fully in the Lord’s victory over sin and death, and…Continue Reading

Pope’s Discourse to President and Authorities

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For diplomacy, as the art of the possible, is based on the firm and persevering conviction that peace can be won through quiet listening and dialogue, rather than by mutual recriminations, fruitless criticisms and displays of force. Seoul, August 14, 2014 (Zenit.org) Below is the discourse Pope Francis gave the South Korean president and authorities at about 5 p.m. in Seoul, local time: Madam President, Honorable Government and Authorities, Distinguished Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Dear Friends, It is a great joy for me to come to Korea, the land of the morning calm, and to experience not only the natural beauty of this country, but above all the beauty of its people and its rich history and culture. This national legacy…Continue Reading

Polish Bishops Defend Doctors’ Right to Conscientious Objection

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Express Concern Over “Verbal Aggression” Against Pro-Life Medical Staff Warsaw, August 12, 2014 (Zenit.org) Polish bishops have responded after strong opposition to staff in the medical profession who have signed a pro-life Declaration of Faith. The declaration recognizes “the primacy of God’s laws over human laws” in medicine and signatories have pledged not to play a part in abortion, birth control, in-vitro fertilisation or euthanasia. The declaration was created out of gratitude for the canonisation of Pope St. John Paul II. The initiative came from physician and personal friend of John Paul, Wanda Półtawska. In a statement, the Polish bishops remind those opposed to the declaration that refusing a right to conscientious objection undermines basic civilian freedoms. “We cannot forget that restricting a possibility…Continue Reading

Pope to Italian Youth Organization: ‘Make the World a Better Place’

August 12, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope to Italian Youth Organization: ‘Make the World a Better Place’
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Says World Needs Young People Who Are Courageous, Not Fearful Vatican City, August 11, 2014 (Zenit.org) Staff Reporter | 370 hits Pope Francis has said young people must be courageous and never timid in order to make the world a better place. The Holy Father made these remarks when he telephoned 30,000 guides and scouts of the AGESCI organization gathered in St. Flushing, Pisa, Saturday morning, for the conclusion of its Third National Route, with the theme: “The Road of Courage … Going Toward the Future.” With more than 177,000 members, the Association of Italian Catholic Guides and Scouts (AGESCI) is a youth organization that aims to contribute to the educational, leisure and extra-curricular activities, training each person according to the principles and method of…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: You Cannot Make War in the Name of God!

August 11, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis: You Cannot Make War in the Name of God!
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Pontiff Appeals for Peace in Iraq, Gaza During Sunday Angelus Vatican City, August 10, 2014 (Zenit.org) Junno Arocho Esteves Pope Francis made an appeal for peace in Iraq and Gaza before concluding his Sunday Angelus address. Throughout the weekend, the Holy Father has sent several tweets from his @Pontifex account, calling on the faithful to pray for those affected by the violence. “The news coming from Iraq leaves us in disbelief and dismay: thousands of people, including many Christians, brutally driven from their homes; children dead from thirst and hunger during the escape; women who are abducted; people slaughtered; violence of every kind; destruction everywhere, destruction of homes, destruction of religious, historical and cultural patrimonies,” he said. “All this greatly offends God and…Continue Reading