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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Pope Francis: Peace in Korea benefits entire world

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 14, 2014 / 02:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first public address after arriving in South Korea, Pope Francis called government officials to work for an authentic and far-reaching peace, which requires forgiveness and cooperation. “Peace is not simply the absence of war, but ‘the work of justice,’” the pontiff said Aug. 14, alluding to the words of the prophet Isaiah. “And justice, as a virtue, calls for the discipline of forbearance; … [Read more...]

Italian bishops call on faithful to pray for Iraqi Christians

Rome, Italy, Aug 14, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the plight of Christians and other religious minorities intensifies under the spread of the Islamic State, Italian charities and dioceses are putting into action a series of initiatives to help displaced Iraqis. The Italian bishops have designated Aug. 15 as a special day of prayer for the persecuted Christians in the world. In calling the day of prayer, the Italian bishops stressed that they “cannot remain silent” in … [Read more...]

Korea joyfully awaits Pope’s arrival, charity’s local branch head says

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 13, 2014 / 06:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- South Koreans are full of joyful anticipation at the impending arrival of Pope Francis, according to the director of the nation's new branch of Aid to the Church in Need. The Pope's flight from Rome is set to land at Seoul Air Base at 10:30 am local time on Aug. 14 – 9:30 pm on Aug. 13 in Washington, D.C. “The whole country is looking forward to the visit of the Holy Father and is thoroughly well prepared for … [Read more...]