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Be guardians of hope, Pope Francis tells Korea's bishops

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.

Pope Francis: Peace in Korea benefits entire world

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.

Korea joyfully awaits Pope's arrival, charity's local branch head says

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.

Korea trip fulfills the dream of the seminarian Jorge Bergoglio

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.

Church in Korea is at once suffering and missionary, diplomat says

Aug 12, 2014 - 12:03 am .- In South Korea this week, Pope Francis will meet a Church young, founded on martyrs, suffering, dynamic, and missionary a former South Korean ambassador to the Holy See has said.

Catholics in Melanesia celebrate gift, power of Bible

Aug 8, 2014 - 02:01 am .- Catholic faithful recently gathered in the Melanesian islands to mark “Bible Sunday” – a celebration aimed at fostering meditative reading and inspiring faith in action through Bible reading.

Pope will meet with survivors of Korean ferry disaster

Aug 5, 2014 - 10:17 am .- The organizing committee of Pope Francis’ trip to South Korea next week have revealed that he will meet with survivors of the April 16 ferry disaster, as well as relatives of those who died.

Australia mourns Cardinal Clancy, former Sydney archbishop

Aug 4, 2014 - 01:07 pm .- The Church in Australia is mourning the loss of Cardinal Edward Clancy, the Archbishop of Sydney from 1983 to 2001, who died Sunday at the age of 90.

Vietnamese bishop joyful to lead, evangelize new flock

Aug 4, 2014 - 12:02 pm .- The newly appointed Bishop of My Tho, Peter Nguyen Van Kham, has voiced enthusiasm for evangelizing and forming the faithful in his diocese for lively participation in the life of the Church.

124 Korean martyrs to be beatified by Pope next month

Jul 30, 2014 - 02:04 am .- During his August visit to Korea, Pope Francis is to beatify Paul Yun Ji-chung, the nation's first martyr, as well as 123 companions who were killed for the faith in the 19th century.

India's Archdiocese of Madurai given new bishop

Jul 29, 2014 - 12:03 am .- Pope Francis appointed Bishop Antony Pappusamy of Dindigal, located in India's Tamil Nadu state, as Archbishop of Madurai on July 26.

Pope names new bishop for Vietnam's My Tho diocese

Jul 28, 2014 - 09:02 pm .- Pope Francis named Bishop Pierre Nguyen Van Kham, an auxiliary bishop of the Ho Chi Minh City archdiocese, to become head of the Diocese of My Tho on July 26.

Thai bishops' seminar focuses on evangelization

Jul 28, 2014 - 07:02 pm .- At a recent conference held in Bangkok, Thai bishops gathered with the faithful to share and reflect on ways to share the gospel in their local communities.

Pakistani Catholics, Muslims cooperate to extinguish fire at friary

Jul 25, 2014 - 02:01 am .- When a fire broke out last week at a Capuchin friary in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, both local Christians and Muslims rushed to put out the blaze.

Australians mourn those killed in Malaysia Airlines crash

Jul 23, 2014 - 12:03 pm .- In the wake of the crash of flight MH17 over Ukraine, Australians have been mourning the loss of the 298 persons aboard the flight, particularly their 27 nationals, one of whom was a religious sister.

Jesuits working to free abducted priest in Afghanistan

Jul 16, 2014 - 08:02 pm .- More than a month after the kidnapping of Fr. Alexis Prem Kumar, S.J. near the Afghan city of Herat, his order continues to advocate for his release.

Official song released for papal visit to South Korea

Jul 16, 2014 - 03:33 pm .- The Archdiocese of Seoul in South Korea has revealed the official song for Pope Francis’ visit to the country, scheduled for Aug. 14-18 to coincide with Asian Youth Day.

Papuans in Australia celebrate feast of Bl. Peter To Rot

Jul 16, 2014 - 12:09 pm .- The Papua New Guinean community in Sydney celebrated recently the feast day of Bl. Peter To Rot, himself a Papuan who was martyred during World War II for his defence of marriage.

Indian cardinal appeals for peace after crucifix vandalized

Jul 16, 2014 - 04:04 am .- After a statue of a crucifix in Mumbai was vandalized in the early hours of Monday morning, the city's archbishop has appealed for peace and prayers.

Women religious attacked in Bangladesh

Jul 15, 2014 - 02:03 pm .- Last week dozens of armed men broke into a convent in northern Bangladesh, beating a group of nuns at a small mission.

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