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Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea, August 14, 2014.

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

Aug 13, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones, Alan Holdren

Aboard the papal flight to South Korea today, Pope Francis led an impromptu moment of silence to pray for a... Read more

Mass said at a parish in Suji-gu, South Korea.

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

Aug 11, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In South Korea this week, Pope Francis will meet a Church young, founded on martyrs, suffering, dynamic, and missionary a... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience on June 25, 2014.

Pope sends message of joy, hope to Korea before trip

Aug 11, 2014

Amid preparations for his trip to South Korea, Pope Francis has sent a video message greeting the people of the... Read more

Cemetery in Kkottongnae, South Korea.

In Korea, Pope Francis to visit cemetery for aborted babies

Aug 10, 2014

During his upcoming trip to South Korea, Pope Francis will pray for the unborn at the “Cemetery for Aborted Children”... Read more

Logo for Pope Francis' apostolic voyage to South Korea, Aug. 14-18, 2014.

Pope will meet with survivors of Korean ferry disaster

Aug 5, 2014

The organizing committee of Pope Francis’ trip to South Korea next week have revealed that he will meet with survivors... Read more

Logo for Pope Francis' apostolic voyage to South Korea, Aug. 14-18, 2014.

124 Korean martyrs to be beatified by Pope next month

Jul 30, 2014

By Jan Bentz

During his August visit to Korea, Pope Francis is to beatify Paul Yun Ji-chung, the nation's first martyr, as well... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square for the Italian Sporting Center's celebration of sports June 7, 2014.

Pope Francis to meet with 20 young Asian leaders

Jul 23, 2014

By Elise Harris

During his upcoming apostolic voyage to South Korea Pope Francis is slated to meet with 20 Asian youth during the... Read more

A Catholic parish in Suji-gu, South Korea.

Papal trip to Korea should renew local Churches, priest says

Jul 17, 2014

By Jan Bentz

In the run up to Pope Francis visit to South Korea next month, a Korean priest said he expects ground... Read more

Official song released for papal visit to South Korea

Jul 16, 2014

The Archdiocese of Seoul in South Korea has revealed the official song for Pope Francis’ visit to the country, scheduled... Read more

Bishop Mario Toso, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, who travelled to South Korea last month.

Church's witness in South Korea has converted many, bishop says

Jul 10, 2014

The vitality of the Church in South Korea is behind the many conversions that have taken place in the nation... Read more

Logo for Pope Francis' August, 2014 visit to South Korea.

Korean celebrities create music video ahead of Pope's visit

Jul 8, 2014

By Elise Harris

More than 20 Korean celebrities have come together in making a music video honoring Pope Francis’ upcoming visit, and is... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran on April 7, 2013.

Former sex slaves to take part in South Korea Mass with Pope

Jul 2, 2014

A group of South Korean women who were used as sex slaves by the Japanese army during World War II... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his general audience on May 14, 2014.

Vatican releases itinerary for Pope’s visit to Korea

Jun 19, 2014

By Elise Harris

The Holy See has officially announced what Pope Francis’ schedule will be while in South Korea later this summer, during... Read more

Mother Maria Goretti Lee's community of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres

Blossoming religious order in France sees global impact

Apr 14, 2014

By Jan Bentz

A missionary order founded in the middle Ages in France is sending their burgeoning number of vocations from Asia and... Read more

Official logo for Pope Francis' Apostolic Voyage to South Korea in August, 2014

Vatican announces logo, motto for papal trip to Korea

Apr 8, 2014

By Elise Harris

The Holy See has released the official motto and logo for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to South Korea, which is... Read more

Fr. Federico Lombardi in the Vatican Press Office Feb. 26, 2013

Vatican confirms papal visit to South Korea

Mar 10, 2014

By Elise Harris

In a statement released earlier this morning, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed Pope Francis’ apostolic trip to the Republic... Read more

Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul, South Korea, at a Feb. 25, 2014 press conference in Rome.

Pope Francis to new cardinal: 'I love Korea'

Feb 26, 2014

By Jan Bentz

During the Feb. 23 Mass of Thanksgiving for the creation of new cardinals, Pope Francis offered words of affection for... Read more


Report finds Catholic population growing in South Korea

Jun 12, 2013

Recent statistics indicate that the Catholic population in South Korea has increased over the past year.  Read more