True freedom means loving God, Pope tells thousands at Mass

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 14, 2014 / 09:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Friday encouraged Christian Koreans to be leaven in their society, asking them to embrace the “true freedom” of loving God and one another with “a pure heart.” “May the Christians of this nation be a generous force for spiritual renewal at every level of society. May they combat the allure of a materialism that stifles authentic spiritual and cultural values and the spirit of unbridled … [Read more...]

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Vatican ‘shares the sadness’ of Chinese youth barred from visiting Korea

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 14, 2014 / 06:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Holy See press officer Fr. Federico Lombardi said Thursday that “we share the sadness” of the young people from mainland China who were prevented from travelling to South Korea to participate in the Pope's visit. Fr. Lombardi was asked at an Aug. 14 press conference about reports of Chinese youth groups who were prohibited from leaving to South Korea for Pope Francis' Aug. 14-18 pilgrimage for the Sixth Asian … [Read more...]

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Religious, academic leaders call for more US action in Iraq

Washington D.C., Aug 14, 2014 / 05:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Both academic and religious leaders, in the U.S. and abroad, have urged greater U.S. military action in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State, which had displaced hundreds of thousands of religious minorities from their homes under threat of death. “Before the harsh and heartbreaking realities further afflict these families, the United States of America, also due to their prior involvement in Iraq, the European Union, and the … [Read more...]

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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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