Taiwan pilgrims: Pope not just for Catholics, but for the world

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 17, 2014 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of pilgrims who traveled from Taiwan to participate in events surrounding Pope Francis’ visit have expressed their joy at seeing him, particularly for the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs. “It is the first time have attended such a huge event with so many people. And I just heard on the news that about 1 million people attended the Mass, and only about 17 to 19 percent of them were Catholics,” one of … [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...]

Chinese youth moved to tears by Pope’s informal remarks

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 16, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A young man from Hong Kong was moved by Pope Francis’ off-the-cuff remarks during the opening celebration of the 6th Asian Youth Day, stating that the pontiff spoke to them “heart-to-heart.” “For the things that the Pope said (in Italian) I couldn’t hear clearly,” but understood that he “would like to talk heart to heart without following the speech. I was so touched by this because I felt … [Read more...]

Youth who lunched with Pope impressed by his humility

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 15, 2014 / 08:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following their lunch with Pope Francis, a Chinese and a Pakistani youth said the pontiff was like a humble father who wanted to be near them. “He told us what the message of the Pope is for us, for the youth, for the whole world,” that it is “to evangelize with the Bible, evangelize with the words of Jesus. In my eyes, the Pope is living the life of Jesus. He's a living Jesus,” Alexander John told … [Read more...]

Meeting the Pope was ‘glorious,’ recounts Korean altar boy

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 14, 2014 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. “It was very glorious. I thought ‘this is the last time to meet the Pope, and this is the first time.’ So I was very happy,” Choi Woo-jin told CNA Aug. 14. Choi, who is in the 6th grade, was selected along with his … [Read more...]

Korean journalist seeks to spread Pope’s message of peace

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 14, 2014 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. “South Korea is (a) divided nation, so I think the Pope’s visit is important for us because he always cares about the people who are poor or in conflict,” Charlotte Huh told CNA Aug. 14. “If he … [Read more...]

Vatican diplomacy focuses on humanitarian intervention in Iraq

Vatican City, Aug 13, 2014 / 05:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. The past week has seen the appointment of a papal enjoy to Iraq, a strongly worded open letter from the Vatican's dicastery for interrreligious dialogue, and an urgent appeal from Pope Francis himself to the … [Read more...]