Christian pastor faces new threat from Sunnis in Iranian prison

Washington D.C., Aug 14, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. “Not only is Pastor Saeed facing threats from Iranian militants who have imprisoned him because of his Christian faith,” Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, said Aug. 13; “he now … [Read more...]

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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...]

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Papal envoy meets with officials, displaced persons in Erbil

Erbil, Iraq, Aug 14, 2014 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. In an Aug. 14 briefing with journalists in Seoul, where Pope Francis is visiting for the next five days, Fr. Federico Lombardi announced that Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of … [Read more...]

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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...]

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Pope greets father of youth who died but dreamed of being priest

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 14, 2014 / 04:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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.   Danwon High School sophomore Seong Ho Park was killed in the April tragedy, and had voiced hope of one day becoming a priest. His father, Yun Oh Emmanuel Park, 50, welcomed the pontiff after he disembarked from the papal flight … [Read more...]

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Aid to the Church in Need pledges $1m to aid Iraqi Christians

New York City, N.Y., Aug 14, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. “Both countries are threatened with the extinction of ancient Christian communities,” George Marlin, chairman of the board of Aid to the Church in Need-USA, said Aug. 12. “Both churches … [Read more...]

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Be guardians of hope, Pope Francis tells Korea’s bishops

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 14, 2014 / 03:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. “As pastors, you are responsible for guarding the Lord’s flock. You are guardians of the wondrous works which he accomplishes in his people,” the Pope said in his Aug. 14 address to the country's Catholic Church … [Read more...]

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