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...]

Pope: Crisis in family calls on Church for better outreach

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 16, 2014 / 03:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told South Korea's lay leaders during his visit to the country that the modern breakdown of families should spur greater outreach and catechesis to married couples and their children. “At a time of great crisis for family life, our Christian communities are called to support married couples and families in fulfilling their proper mission in the life of the Church and society,” he said Aug. 16 at the … [Read more...]

Only a joyful witness will attract, Pope tells religious

Kkottongnae, South Korea, Aug 16, 2014 / 03:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Addressing the religious communities of Korea, Pope Francis urged a deep reliance on the mercy of God and a focus on community life in transmitting the joy of the Gospel to the world. “Only if our witness is joyful will we attract men and women to Christ,” the Holy Father told a gathering of religious brothers and sisters in South Korea. “And this joy is a gift which is nourished by a life of prayer, … [Read more...]

Pope beatifies 124 Korean martyrs, praising their witness to Christ

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 15, 2014 / 08:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday beatified Korean martyrs Paul Yun Ji-chung and 123 companions, praising their “great sacrifices” and their call “to put Christ first.” “All of them lived and died for Christ, and now they reign with him in joy and in glory,” the Pope said during Mass at Seoul’s Gwanghwamun Gate. “The victory of the martyrs, their witness to the power of God’s love, … [Read more...]

North Korea could soon have its first saint: Hong Yong-ho

Pyongyang, North Korea, Aug 15, 2014 / 12:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- North Korea could in time have its first canonized saint, since last year the death of the Bishop of Pyongyang, who was disappeared by the government in 1949, was formally acknowledged by the Vatican. Shortly after the aknowledgement of his death, the Korean bishops' conference asked the Congregation for the Causes of Saints for a 'nihil obstat' to the opening of the cause of beatification for Bishop Francis Hong … [Read more...]

Chinese leaders intensify push for ‘national’ Christianity

Beijing, China, Aug 15, 2014 / 08:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Chinese government recently announced that it will increase its efforts to promote and develop a national brand of Christian theology. People Daily news reported Aug. 7 that Wang Zuoan – the director of China's State Administration for Religious Affairs – said local authorities will work harder to promote Chinese Christian theology that is in line with “China's national condition.” “That is … [Read more...]