‘Asian youth, wake up!’ Church needs your witness, Pope says

Haemi, South Korea, Aug 17, 2014 / 02:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. “Asian youth, wake up!” the Pope exclaimed. “As young Christians, whether you are workers or students, whether you have already begun a career or have answered the call to marriage, religious life or … [Read more...]

Korean man takes name of ‘Francis’ at baptism by Pope

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 17, 2014 / 01:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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.” Vatican Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi reported that the baptism was celebrated in 20 minutes without Mass. It was officiated by a Korean priest, who is acting as the Pope's translator, with Pope Francis conducting … [Read more...]

Pope gets warm welcome from children with disabilities

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 16, 2014 / 09:28 pm (CNA).- 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. The Pope arrived Kkottongnae, known as the “City of Flowers,” in the early evening and was received by thousands of people in the streets chanting “Viva el Papa, Viva Cristo” and adorned by South Korean and Vatican flags. After greeting the … [Read more...]

Don’t reduce the faith to easy answers, Pope warns bishops

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 16, 2014 / 09:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A deep understanding of our identity as Christians is needed to combat the modern tendency to reduce the faith to superficiality, Pope Francis told 68 bishops from 35 countries gathered during his trip to South Korea. “Without a grounding in Christ, the truths by which we live our lives can gradually recede, the practice of the virtues can become formalistic, and dialogue can be reduced to a form of negotiation or an … [Read more...]

Pope Francis prays at Korean cemetery for aborted babies

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 16, 2014 / 07:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. The Holy Father got out of the Kia Pope Mobile in which he was being transported to pray at this location, accompanied by a Korean Bishop and a priest acting as his translator. With his hands clasped together, Pope Francis prayed in … [Read more...]

Ethicist: IVF mix-up shows danger of artificial reproduction

Washington D.C., Aug 16, 2014 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The accidental swapping of children conceived through IVF procedures before implantation, which recently occurred in Italy, points to the moral pitfalls surrounding artificial reproduction, some ethicists say. Brendan Foht, assistant editor of the bioethics journal “The New Atlantis”, told CNA that “this kind of mix-up is just the sort of thing that is liable to happen when you have human life being made and stored … [Read more...]

Koreans electric with joy over visit of Pope Francis

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 16, 2014 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has received a warm welcome from the Korean people, many of whom praise him for his acts of compassion, stating that he has the power to provoke a change for the better. “He is a symbol of hope that life is still beautiful. As I saw Pope Francis, I felt like Jesus came to save us,” Jinhee Yu told CNA after participating in the pontiff’s Aug. 16 Mass of beatification for 124 Korean … [Read more...]


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