All aboard: pope takes train to Mass in Korea

Details:  He has built a reputation for his down-to-earth style and has no patience for pomp. But even so, Pope Francis surprised hundreds of ordinary commuters when he took public transport to celebrate a Mass in Korea where he is on a five day visit. The pope scrapped his plans to take a helicopter from [Read More...]

Pope to Korean bishops: “Christians don’t come as conquerers”

From John Allen: Christianity is a missionary religion, and heading into Pope Francis’s trip to South Korea one big-ticket question mark was whether he could fuel Catholic growth on a continent home to 60 percent of the world’s population. Whether the church gets a “Francis bump” remains to be seen, but in a speech to [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words

From South Korea:  Cheju diocese has demanded an official apology after about 20 riot police disrupted a Mass yesterday on Jeju island. The police were clearing a path for a cement truck to enter the construction site of a controversial new naval base. Father Bartholomew Mun Jung-hyun, who was presiding over the Mass at the gates of [Read More...]


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