Archive of August 14, 2014 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of August 14, 2014

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.

Religious, academic leaders call for more US action in Iraq

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.

Christian pastor faces new threat from Sunnis in Iranian prison

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.

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.