World Youth Day and the France Attacks, or why it’s important that Francis got the ‘piecemeal third world war’ from Korea

World Youth Day and the France Attacks, or why it’s important that Francis got the ‘piecemeal third world war’ from Korea August 1, 2016

2014 Pastoral Visit of Pope Francis to Korea Closing Mass for Asian Youth Day August 17, 2014 Haemi Castle, Seosan-si, Chungcheongnam-do Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Korean Culture and Information Service ( Official Photographer : Jeon Han This official Republic of Korea photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way. Also, it may not be used in any type of commercial, advertisement, product or promotion that in any way suggests approval or endorsement from the government of the Republic of Korea. If you require a photograph without a watermark, please contact us via Flickr e-mail. --------------------------------------------------------------- 교황 프란치스코 방한 제6회 아시아 청년대회 폐막미사 2014-08-17 충청남도 서산시 해미읍성 문화체육관광부 해외문화홍보원 코리아넷 전한
2014 Pastoral Visit of Pope Francis to Korea, Closing Mass for Asian Youth Day, August 17, 2014, Haemi Castle, Seosan-si, Chungcheongnam-do – by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Korean Culture and Information Service, ( – Official Photographer : Jeon Han (Korea_Pope_Francis_Haemi_Castle_03.jpg) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (, via Flickr
World Youth Day is now over, which means that I can now write about it. There will be much indeed to suss out in the next little bit, but as I said this morning, I’m as interested in Pope Francis for the purposes of doing geography as an academic discipline as I am in thinking through my strange relationship to the Bishop of Rome (and to the Latin Church, for that matter) as an Eastern Catholic.

Today, I will begin with geography. In the next few posts, I might end up at Eastern Catholicism. But my focus will be on what Francis is calling the ‘piecemeal third world war,’ especially in light of World Youth Day in Kraków and the recent attacks in France.

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