» 06/28/2014, 00.00
KOREA - VATICAN
Korea is preparing for Francis' visit amid "security" issues and the desire for mission
When the pope excommunicated the mafia during his visit to Cassano all'Jonio, it raised concerns in the South Korean government about possible repercussions for his trip to the peninsula. Asian Youth Day is vocational in nature and the pope is set to meet 2,000 young people preparing to enter the seminary and 500 young men already studying for the priesthood. Mgr Basil Cho Kyu Man, 59, auxiliary bishop of Seoul and one of the organizers of this great event, talks to AsiaNews.
11/03/2014 KOREA - VATICAN
Francis in Korea, five days for young people and for peace in Asia
The program of the papal visit is not yet official, but several sources tell AsiaNews that in addition to the Asian Youth Day and the beatification of the 124 Korean martyrs, the Pope will visit a home for the disabled and homeless, the birthplace of St. Andrew Kim Taegon and the fortress where the first Korean Catholics were martyred. A planned visit to the "Cathedral of Reconciliation " in Paju, on the border with the North.
16/08/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Baptised by the pope, father of a Sewol victim chooses Francis as his name
As expected, this morning Francis baptised Lee Ho-jin, a man who lost a son in the ferry sinking of 16 April. After the ceremony, the two talked briefly. Francis Lee says he is "grateful for the pope's love and closeness".
20/03/2014 KOREA - VATICAN
For Jeju bishop, the pope's visit will renew political dialogue and evangelisation in Korea
"The pope is coming at a very important moment. The whole of society is waiting for him in order to respond to his call for peace with the North and among us," Mgr Peter Kang U-il, head of the Bishops' Conference of Korea, told AsiaNews. Francis "also brings reconciliation between Korea, Japan and China."
For pope, in Iraq "It is lawful" to halt an "unjust aggressor", but the decision belongs to the UN
During the flight that brought him back to Rome, Francis spoke of his "respect" for the Chinese people, reiterating the importance of the Letter by Pope Benedict XVI. "If I felt I could not go on, I would resign," he said. As preparations for the encyclical on safeguarding creation continue, the pope plans future trips, including one to Albania, which has "important reasons".
04/02/2014 VATICAN - KOREA
Peace with the North, youth and martyrs on pope's agenda in Korea
Pope Francis' trip to the Korean Peninsula is "pretty sure", this according to Vatican sources. In addition to activities related to Asian Youth Day, the beatification of the 124 Korean martyrs and a special Mass for the reunification of the two Koreas are also planned.
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