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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 - 08:02 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 - 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 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 - 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 - 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 13, 2014 - 06:55 pm .- South Koreans are full of joyful anticipation at the impending arrival of Pope Francis, according to the director of the nation's new branch of Aid to the Church in Need.
Aug 13, 2014 - 03:18 pm .- As a young man and a Jesuit still in formation, Jorge Bergoglio longed to become a missionary in the Far East, like St. Francis Xavier and so many of his confreres in the Society of Jesus.