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Memory, hope, witness are Korea trip’s import, Pope reflects

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: August 20, 2014
Vatican City, Aug 20, 2014 / 08:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis discussed his recent trip to South Korea in his General Audience address Wednesday, saying its significance is found in the three words memory, hope, and witness.   In South Korea “the Church is the guardian of memory and of hope: and is a spiritual family in which adults transmit to youths the torch of the faith received from the elderly; the memory of the witnesses of the past becomes a new witness in the present, and hope for the future,” he said Aug. 20 at the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.   “In light of this it is possible to read the two principle events of this voyage: the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs, who are added to those canonized 30 years ago by St. John Paul II; and the encounter with the youth, on the occasion of the Sixth Asian Youth Day.”   The Pope began his address giving thanks for the great gift of his visit to Korea, calling the Church ther

Pope Francis asks prayers for relatives killed in car accident

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: August 19, 2014
Vatican City, Aug 19, 2014 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See announced Tuesday that Pope Francis has asked that the faithful join him in praying for the repose of the souls of three members of his family who have been killed in a car accident. “The Pope was informed of the tragic accident in Argentina involving some of his family, and is profoundly saddened,” Fr. Federico Lombardi, Holy See press officer, said Aug. 19. “He calls upon all who share in his grief to be united with him in prayer.” Pope Francis' nephew, Emanuel Horacio Bergoglio, 38, was returning to Rosario from a weekend with his family in the mountains near Cordoba, in central Argentina. Their Chevrolet Spin hit a truck carrying corn. Emanuel is in the hospital of Villa Maria in critical condition. His wife Valeria Carmona, 39, died, along with their children, Jose, 2, and Antonio, 8 months. The Pope's nephew is the son of his late brother, Alberto.

Pope Francis visits Benedict XVI before trips, archbishop reveals

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: August 19, 2014
Vatican City, Aug 19, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Before any international trip Pope Francis visits Benedict XVI, a key Vatican archbishop revealed, noting the good relations between the two and how Pope Francis is carrying forward Benedict's vision.   Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, who serves as prefect of the Pontifical Household, spoke in an all-out interview Aug. 15 with the Austrian Catholic press agency in “Kath.net” while he was in the diocese in Freibourg. There he led  Aug. 13 the pilgrimage to the shrine of Lautenbach, in the territory of Oberkirch, where Archbishop Gaenswein served as a parish priest shortly after his priestly ordination.   Asked about the “two Popes,” Archbishop Gaenswein underscored that “there is only one Pope,” and then stressed that he personally is acting as a “bridge” between Pope Francis and the former pontiff, given his double charge as prefect and personal secretary of Ben

Full transcript of Pope's in-flight interview from Korea

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: August 18, 2014
Aboard the papal plane, Aug 18, 2014 / 04:30 pm (CNA).- Speaking to journalists aboard the Aug. 18 flight to Italy from South Korea, Pope Francis said he supports international intervention in Iraq and is willing to go to there personally if it will help end the violence against Christians and other religious minorities. He also addressed topics ranging from peace efforts between Israel and Palestine, future papal visits, to his personal schedule, relationship with Benedict XVI and life at the Vatican. Below is a full transcript of the discussion between Pope Francis and journalists during Tuesday's flight. Korean journalist Sun Yin Park, Yonhap press agency: In the name of the Korean journalists and our people, I wish to thank you for your visit. You have brought happiness to many people in Korea and thank you for your encouragement for the education of our country. Holy Father, during your visit to Korea, you have reached out to the family of victims of the Sewol ferr

Pope Francis backs intervention in Iraq to stop 'aggressor'

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: August 18, 2014
Aboard the papal plane, Aug 18, 2014 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis supports international intervention in Iraq and is willing to go to there personally if it will help end the violence against Christians and other religious minorities. “In these cases where there is an unjust aggression, I can only say that it is licit to stop the unjust aggressor,” Pope Francis told reporters. “I underscore the verb 'stop.' I don't say 'to bomb' or 'make war,' (but) 'stop it.'” Speaking to journalists aboard the Aug. 18 plane flight back to Italy from South Korea, the Pope noted the Holy See's diplomatic efforts to end the violence in Iraq, especially against Iraqi minorities. In response to the question on Iraq posed by CNA and EWTN News Rome bureau chief Alan Holdren, Pope Francis said that a papal visit to Iraq was “one of the possibilities.” “And in this moment, I am ready.” He added:

Korean nuns voice joy, gratitude for audience with Pope

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: August 18, 2014
Seoul, South Korea, Aug 18, 2014 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two Korean nuns have expressed their excitement at having participated in an audience with Pope Francis, stating that his words on poverty and the witness of the martyrs were particularly impactful. “I was very happy, thankful for his closeness. But for everyone, the whole people, they are very happy,” Sister Lee Hee Jung told CNA Aug. 17. “It’s a feeling that is difficult to express, because there are so many emotions that I felt – consolation, joy, gratitude, a feeling of surprise.” It’s a “feeling that his words touch you,” she said, explaining that “he is a like a motor for us, he gives us energy, he moves us. He gives us strength. And this is hard to express in one word.” Sister Lee, who is celebrating the 25th anniversary of her first profession this year, was one of the thousands of religious present for Pope Francis’ Aug. 16 audience wit

Korean Church has revitalized my faith, Filipino youth reflects

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: August 17, 2014
Seoul, South Korea, Aug 17, 2014 / 02:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the conclusion of the 6th Asian Youth Day, a young Filipino pilgrim stated that the greatest thing he will walk away with is a higher value of his faith, thanks to the profound devotion of Korean Catholics. “The biggest thing that I will take with me from this experience is the vitality of faith here in Korea, because in the Philippines, we know that the Philippines is a Catholic country, but the faith becomes routine,” Jessie Perez told CNA Aug. 17. “But here in Korea it’s not routine, it’s not common for them to become Catholic. That’s why they value their faith so much,” he observed, stating that “I would like to instill our young people to value their faith, to value what they have, to value the Catholicism that we have.” Hailing from Manila, Perez was present along with other members of his group for Pope Francis’ closing mass for the 6th Asian Yout

Thai pilgrims: Pope not just for Catholics, but for the world

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: August 17, 2014
Seoul, South Korea, Aug 17, 2014 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of pilgrims who traveled from Thailand to participate in events surrounding Pope Francis’ visit have expressed their joy at seeing him, particularly for the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs. “It is the first time have attended such a huge event with so many people. And I just heard on the news that about 1 million people attended the mass, and only about 17 to 19 percent of them were Catholics,” one of the group members, Theresa, told CNA Aug. 17. “I think that the Pope is not just for Catholics, but for the world. He is for peace, and his kindness to the whole of humanity” displays that, she said. Coming as part of a group of 50 from Sacred Heart Parish in Taipei with her twin sister, Theresa explained that participating in the Aug. 16 Mass with Pope Francis, during which he beatified 124 Korean martyrs, was especially impactful. “I was very touched, even though I d

Chinese youth ‘touched’ by Pope’s informal remarks

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: August 16, 2014
Seoul, South Korea, Aug 16, 2014 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A young man from Hong Kong was moved by Pope Francis’ off-the-cuff remarks during the opening celebration of the 6th Asian Youth Day, stating that the pontiff spoke to them “heart-to-heart.” “For the things that the Pope said (in Italian) I couldn’t hear clearly,” but understood that he “would like to talk heart to heart without following the speech. I was so touched by this because I felt that the Pope would like to talk much more” than time allowed, Giovanni Pan told CNA Aug. 16. “Another point is the moment when we said the Our Father, the Lord’s Prayer,” he explained, referring to the moment when Pope Francis and the thousands of Asian youth present joined hands and prayed the traditional prayer together. “From the stage I looked at the place where the Chinese and people from Hong Kong were, and I saw that many of them were crying. So I was

Koreans electric with joy over visit of Pope Francis

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: August 16, 2014
Seoul, South Korea, Aug 16, 2014 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has received a warm welcome from the Korean people, many of whom praise him for his acts of compassion, stating that he has the power to provoke a change for the better. “He is a symbol of hope that life is still beautiful. As I saw Pope Francis, I felt like Jesus came to save us,” Jinhee Yu told CNA after participating in the pontiff’s Aug. 16 Mass of beatification for 124 Korean martyrs. “Statically, there are lots of Catholics in the world but it's hard to find the genuine Catholic spirit in real life,” she said. “The thing that’s important is not a number but a real action. Because of this Pope Francis can be a role model, especially for Catholics.” A young Catholic from the South Korean city of Andong, Jinhee attended the mass of beatification along with several friends, among whom was Seoul-native Okhee Moon. Speaking to CNA, Okhee also expres