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Pope: Thanks for prayers for my family’s grief

Pope Francis attends his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. AP

Saying “even the pope has a family,” Pope Francis has expressed thanks for the prayers and condolences sent him after the death of a nephew’s wife and her two young children in a car crash in the pontiff’s native Argentina.

Posted: August 20th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

China Catholics cheer pope’s South Korea visit

In this photo taken on Monday, July 28, 2014, Rev. Park Geun Tae speaks during an interview at a Seoul Catholic church in Seoul, South Korea. Park said the emergence of Catholicism in Korea was seen by some as liberation from a system where some of the lowest-class believers had been “treated like animals.” Catholics were persecuted for allegedly disrupting the social order, plotting treason, denying the Joseon Dynasty’s legitimacy and seeking help from foreign powers to spread Christianity. The 124 Korean Catholic martyrs who will be honored by Pope Francis this week left behind families who were in the dark about their sacrifices for generations, and in some cases now live as Buddhists or Protestants. Francis on Thursday, Aug. 14, makes the first papal visit to South Korea in 25 years and is expected to praise the martyrs he plans to beatify in the last formal step before sainthood. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Chinese Catholics are cheering Pope Francis’ visit to neighbor South Korea, saying they hope that it will help end the estrangement between their government and the Vatican.

Posted: August 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope makes tough sell on materialism in South Korea

Pope Francis walks with his pastoral staff as he arrives to celebrate a mass at a soccer stadium in Daejeon, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Tens of thousands of Asian Catholics gave a boisterous welcome to Pope Francis on Friday as he celebrated his first public Mass in South Korea, a country with a small but growing church that is seen by the Vatican as a model for the rest of the world.(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis urged Asia’s Catholic youth on Friday to renounce the materialism that afflicts much of Asian society today and reject “inhuman” economic systems that disenfranchise the poor, pressing his economic agenda in one of Asia’s powerhouses where financial gain is a key barometer of success.

Posted: August 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope to speak to North Korea’s ‘church of silence’

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Pope Francis will offer prayers for Korean reconciliation in Seoul next week, but they are unlikely to be heard in North Korea which pays lip-service to religious freedom but treats unsanctioned acts of devotion as criminal. The pope is scheduled to conduct a special Korean “peace and reconciliation” mass on August 18 at the end […]

Posted: August 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Two Popes who would be saints

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Two modern popes will be fast-tracked to sainthood by the Catholic Church this April 27– Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. Despite my being a Methodist, I feel an unspeakable joy in witnessing in our age the canonization of these two religious leaders whose papacies I’ve followed closely through news reports.

Posted: April 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »