Aug 15, 2014 - 12:31 pm .- North Korea could in time have its first canonized saint, since last year the death of the Bishop of Pyongyang, who was disappeared by the government in 1949, was formally acknowledged by the Vatican.
Aug 15, 2014 - 08:26 am .- Following their lunch with Pope Francis, a Chinese and a Pakistani youth said the pontiff was like a humble father who wanted to be near them.
Aug 15, 2014 - 08:02 am .- The Chinese government recently announced that it will increase its efforts to promote and develop a national brand of Christian theology.
Aug 15, 2014 - 04:50 am .- Addressing the division between North and South Korea, Pope Francis emphasized that the two are “one family,” calling for prayers of re-unification while stressing repentance and forgiveness.
Aug 15, 2014 - 04:04 am .- In an Aug. 15 meeting with Asian youth, Pope Francis emphasized the need to respond joyfully to God’s call in order to carry the hope of Christ to a world that desperately needs it.
Aug 15, 2014 - 02:00 am .- Local Virginia representatives are asking the Supreme Court to uphold the definition of marriage as existing between a man and a woman following a federal Appeals Court’s decision not to postpone same sex marriages in the state.
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:42 am .- This Saturday Pope Francis will baptize 62-year-old Lee Ho-Jin, the father of one of the victims from the Sewol Ferry tragedy earlier this year in which close to 280 mostly young students were killed.
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:00 am .- An undercover video showing a Planned Parenthood facility giving instruction in dangerous sexual practices to an apparently underage girl shows that the abortion provider should not be receiving taxpayer funds, a critic has said.
Aug 14, 2014 - 09:32 pm .- Pope Francis on Friday encouraged Christian Koreans to be leaven in their society, asking them to embrace the “true freedom” of loving God and one another with “a pure heart.”
Aug 14, 2014 - 06:04 pm .- Holy See press officer Fr. Federico Lombardi said Thursday that “we share the sadness” of the young people from mainland China who were prevented from travelling to South Korea to participate in the Pope's visit.
Aug 14, 2014 - 05:14 pm .- Both academic and religious leaders, in the U.S. and abroad, have urged greater U.S. military action in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State, which had displaced hundreds of thousands of religious minorities from their homes under threat of death.
Aug 14, 2014 - 04:02 pm .- Saeed Abedini, a pastor who holds American citizenship and has been captive in Iran for nearly two years, faces new dangers and death threats from fellow prisoners, say his family’s representatives.
Aug 14, 2014 - 02:02 pm .- A young altar server and his sister who presented flowers to Pope Francis during the welcoming ceremony for his arrival to South Korea reveal that they could hardly contain their excitement.
Aug 14, 2014 - 12:03 pm .- Pope Francis' special envoy to Iraq has safely arrived in Erbil, the Holy See press officer said Thursday, adding that he has met with displaced persons and will meet with the Iraqi president later in the day.
Aug 14, 2014 - 12:00 pm .- A journalist with South Korea’s leading radio and television network has voiced her joy at covering the papal visit, as well as her desire for his message of peace to lead the nation to a more hopeful future.
Aug 14, 2014 - 04:16 am .- Among the people who greeted Pope Francis at his arrival in South Korea was a father of an adolescent who wanted to be a priest but died in the country's massive ferry accident earlier this year.
Aug 14, 2014 - 04:01 am .- The U.S. branch of the Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need has pledged $1 million to help persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria, calling on all Christians to pray and to give financial support for those in need.
Aug 14, 2014 - 03:35 am .- On the first day of his historic papal visit to South Korea, Pope Francis urged local bishops to not only remember their rich history of martyrdom but look to the future with hope and missionary zeal.
Aug 14, 2014 - 02:18 am .- In his first public address after arriving in South Korea, Pope Francis called government officials to work for an authentic and far-reaching peace, which requires forgiveness and cooperation.
Aug 14, 2014 - 12:04 am .- As the plight of Christians and other religious minorities intensifies under the spread of the Islamic State, Italian charities and dioceses are putting into action a series of initiatives to help displaced Iraqis.