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Meeting the Pope was 'glorious,' recounts Korean altar boy

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.

Papal envoy meets with officials, displaced persons in Erbil

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.

Korean journalist seeks to spread Pope’s message of peace

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.

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.

Aid to the Church in Need pledges $1m to aid Iraqi Christians

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.

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.

Italian bishops call on faithful to pray for Iraqi Christians

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.

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.

Vatican diplomacy focuses on humanitarian intervention in Iraq

Aug 13, 2014 - 05:21 pm .- The persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State has pushed Vatican diplomacy to add strong calls for international humanitarian intervention to its prayers for the situation.

Hundreds attend interreligious prayer for peace in Denver

Aug 13, 2014 - 05:02 pm .- An estimated 900 people of the three Abrahamic religions packed the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Denver Monday night for an interreligious prayer service for those suffering in the Middle East.

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.

En route to Korea, Pope prays for journalists killed in Gaza

Aug 13, 2014 - 12:23 pm .- Aboard the papal flight to South Korea today, Pope Francis led an impromptu moment of silence to pray for a photojournalist who was killed in Gaza, and thanked journalists for their work.

Pope Francis urges United Nations to intervene in Iraq

Aug 13, 2014 - 10:31 am .- Pope Francis called the United Nations to act to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway in Iraq in a letter dated Saturday and delivered Wednesday to its general secretary, Ban Ki-moon.

Vatican official calls for military protection of Iraqi Christians

Aug 13, 2014 - 08:44 am .- The Holy See's permanent observer to the United Nations on Saturday urged the international community to provide humanitarian assistance and military and political protection for Christians persecuted by the Islamic State.

Survey: Christian supporters of gay unions show other moral divisions

Aug 13, 2014 - 07:06 am .- Churchgoing Christians who support “gay marriage” are more likely to approve of commitment-free sexual relations, pornography, adultery, polyamory, and abortion than other churchgoers, says one researcher who calls the differences a “massive divide.”

Robin Williams' death renews call for mental health attention

Aug 13, 2014 - 04:05 am .- The death of iconic comedy star Robin Williams highlights the need for greater education, understanding and support surrounding those struggling with mental illness, say mental health advocates.

Franciscans determined to keep Christianity in Holy Land

Aug 13, 2014 - 02:03 am .- Despite the stresses of alternating violence and ceasefires between Hamas and Israel, Franciscans in the Holy Land are committed to helping the region's Christians remain in their homeland.

Students of Benedict XVI to discuss theology of the cross at encounter

Aug 13, 2014 - 12:03 am .- The annual meeting of Benedict XVI's students from his time at the University of Regensburg will gather next week to discuss the theology of the cross, a member of the circle has said.

Knights of Columbus will match donations to aid persecuted Iraqis

Aug 12, 2014 - 02:54 pm .- The Knights of Columbus have established a matching fund to assist Christians and other religious minorities facing severe persecution or displacement in Iraq and nearby countries.

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