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Franciscan friars in Pakistan celebrate 75 years of mission

Aug 20, 2014 - 02:04 am .- The Franciscan friary in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, celebrated its platinum jubilee earlier this month on the feast of Our Lady of the Angels of Porziuncola, an important observance in their tradition.

Thai families gather for fellowship, discussion of challenges

Aug 19, 2014 - 02:04 am .- In preparation for the upcoming synod on the family, more than 50 Thai faithful came together last month for a weekend of community building and reflection on the Gospel.

Papal visit to Korea focuses on theme of reconciliation

Aug 17, 2014 - 10:51 pm .- Calls for peace and reconciliation dominated Pope Francis’ historic apostolic visit to South Korea, which concluded as the Pope boarded a plane back to Rome Aug. 18.

Pope to Koreans: Trust in the reconciling power of the Cross

Aug 17, 2014 - 06:39 pm .- At the concluding Mass of his historical trip, Pope Francis urged the faithful to embrace Christ's message of forgiveness and reconciliation, stressing earlier in his visit that there is only “one Korea.”

'Asian youth, wake up!' Church needs your witness, Pope says

Aug 17, 2014 - 02:20 am .- Addressing thousands of young people from across Asia, Pope Francis emphasized the urgent need to “wake up” and spread Christ’s love throughout the continent, pointing to the martyrs as examples.

Korean man takes name of 'Francis' at baptism by Pope

Aug 17, 2014 - 01:24 am .- On Sunday morning Pope Francis baptized 62-year-old Lee Ho-Jin – the father of one of the victims from the Sewol Ferry tragedy earlier this year – who took on the baptismal name “Francis.”

Pope gets warm welcome from children with disabilities

Aug 16, 2014 - 09:28 pm .- Pope Francis visited the House of Hope rehabilitation center for children with disabilities in South Korea on Aug. 15 where he was welcomed in a festive and joyful environment.

Don't reduce the faith to easy answers, Pope warns bishops

Aug 16, 2014 - 09:03 pm .- A deep understanding of our identity as Christians is needed to combat the modern tendency to reduce the faith to superficiality, Pope Francis told Asian bishops gathered during his trip to South Korea.

Pope Francis prays at Korean cemetery for aborted babies

Aug 16, 2014 - 07:44 pm .- En route from visiting a rehabilitation center in Kkottognae and on his way to meet with Korean religious, Pope Francis stopped and prayed for a few minutes at local cemetery for aborted children.

Pope: Crisis in family calls on Church for better outreach

Aug 16, 2014 - 03:33 am .- Pope Francis told South Korea's lay leaders during his visit to the country that the modern breakdown of families should spur greater outreach and catechesis to married couples and their children.

Only a joyful witness will attract, Pope tells religious

Aug 16, 2014 - 03:22 am .- Addressing the religious communities of Korea, Pope Francis urged a deep reliance on the mercy of God and a focus on community life in transmitting the joy of the Gospel to the world.

Pope beatifies 124 Korean martyrs, praising their witness to Christ

Aug 15, 2014 - 08:08 pm .- Pope Francis on Saturday beatified Korean martyrs Paul Yun Ji-chung and 123 companions, praising their “great sacrifices” and their call “to put Christ first.”

North Korea could soon have its first saint: Hong Yong-ho

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.

Chinese leaders intensify push for 'national' Christianity

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.

Pope Francis: 'There is only one Korea'

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.

Pope to Asian youth: Are you ready to say 'yes' to Christ?

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.

Pope Francis to baptize father of Korean ferry disaster victim

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.

True freedom means loving God, Pope tells thousands at Mass

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.”

Vatican 'shares the sadness' of Chinese youth barred from visiting Korea

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.

Pope greets father of youth who died but dreamed of being priest

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.

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