» 01/26/2014, 00.00
Pope: Jesus teaches us to bring the Gospel to the outskirts and among the least
At the Angelus Francis sends greetings of "a life full of joy and hope" to the Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese people who are preparing to celebrate the Lunar New Year . In Ukraine he hopes for "a constructive dialogue between the institutions and the civil society." A thought for Coco Campolongo, the toddler killed and then burned.
Children and young people can be peacemakers too, says the Pope
World Leprosy Day is remembered.
30/08/2014 VIETNAM - KOREA - VATICAN
Archbishop of Saigon: Pope Francis in Korea, a source of joy for mission
The president of the Vietnamese Bishops' Conference was a delegate at the Pope’s Asian visit. He emphasizes the Pope’s openness, dialogue and attention to reality of the Church in Vietnam. The bishop praises the dynamism of the Church in Korea and the strong presence of the laity and young people in missionary work.
22/07/2014 VIETNAM - KOREA - VATICAN
Young Vietnamese Catholics "in Korea to welcome the Pope, our father in faith"
Msgr. Joseph Thiên Vũ Văn, president of the Commission for Pastoral Youth Care of the national bishops: "Our delegation to the Asian Youth Day will consist of about 30 young people. Like the Church of Vietnam, the Korean also shed blood for the faith. And this blood proves our loyalty, we hope that they are worthy descendants of the martyrs". The challenges of youth ministry and the opportunity to share experiences and issues with peers from across Asia.
16/08/2014 KOREA - CHINA - VATICAN - AYD
Luca Chang, from Nanjing to Seoul to say "thank you" to the Pope, and that the Chinese Church "loves you"
The young university student won a scholarship to study at a university in Korea. Because of that, he was able to come to the peninsula for Francis' apostolic visit. Together with two seminarian friends, he is attending Asian Youth Day and is hoping to meet the pope soon. "Our government is schizophrenic in religious matters, but that does not bother us that much. We call priests close to the authorities 'Red Guards'. It is important to be here to show the unity of the universal Church, even in difficult times."
14/08/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - CHINA - AYD
Beijing "recalls" Chinese priests from Seoul and blocks 80 young people from travelling for the AYD
AsiaNews sources in Korea confirm: "At least a dozen priests have been contacted by the Chinese government, which warned them of 'problems' in their return home if they had stayed for Francis’ apostolic visit to the peninsula". A delegation of 100 young people present in Daejeon for the Asian Youth Day, but about 80 were stopped before their departure. "At least half" of those are Beijing seminarians, who in recent weeks refused to obey an excommunicated Bishop Su. Not one word from Xinhua about the Pope’s arrival in Korea.
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