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.
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.
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.
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 [...]
By Mariano “Anong” Santos
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.