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Aug 19, 2014
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Pope Francis says it’s legitimate for world to stop Islamist aggression in Iraq

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(Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with Asian youths at the Solmoe Shrine in Dangjin August 15, 2014. REUTERS/Ahn Young-joon/Pool )

Pope Francis said on Monday the international community would be justified in stopping Islamist militants in Iraq, but that it should not be up to a single nation to decide how to intervene in the conflict.

Aug 18, 2014

Pope says legitimate for world to stop Islamist aggression in Iraq

ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Monday the international community would be justified in stopping Islamist militants in Iraq, but that it should not be up to a single nation to decide how to intervene in the conflict.

The leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics made his comments in an hour-long conversation with reporters aboard a plane returning from a trip to South Korea that ranged from international diplomacy to his health and future travel plans.

Aug 17, 2014

Pope tells Asia’s communist nations not to fear Christians

HAEMI South Korea (Reuters) – Pope Francis, in remarks clearly intended for communist-ruled countries such as China, North Korea and Vietnam, said on Sunday that Asian governments should not fear Christians as they did not want to “come as conquerors” but be integral parts of local cultures.

Francis made his comments, some of them unscripted, in an address to about 70 bishops from 35 Asian countries gathered in the town of Haeme, south of Seoul, on the next-to-last day of his trip to South Korea.

Aug 17, 2014

Pope, in South Korea, extends another olive branch to China

HAEMI South Korea (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Sunday extended an olive branch to China, urging the Communist Party-ruled nation which has fraught relations with the Vatican to pursue a formal dialogue to benefit both sides.

On the fourth and next-to-final day of his trip to South Korea, Francis flew by helicopter to Haemi, southwest of Seoul, to address bishops from Asian countries and celebrate a Mass closing an gathering of Asian Catholic youth.

Aug 16, 2014

Pope Francis urges affluent to hear ‘cry of the poor’ in Seoul Mass

SEOUL, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Saturday
celebrated a huge open-air Mass in the centre of Seoul, where he
denounced the growing gap between the haves and have nots,
urging people in affluent societies to listen to “the cry of the
poor” among them.

The pope made his remarks in the homily of a Mass where he
beatified 124 Korean martyrs who were killed in the 18th and
19th centuries for refusing to renounce Christianity.

Aug 16, 2014

Pope Francis denounces wealth gap in open-air Seoul mass

SEOUL (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Saturday celebrated a huge open-air Mass in the center of Seoul, where he denounced the growing gap between the haves and have nots, urging people in affluent societies to listen to “the cry of the poor” among them.

The pope made his remarks in the homily of a Mass where he beatified 124 Korean martyrs who were killed for refusing to renounce Christianity in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Aug 15, 2014

Pope prays for Korea ferry disaster victims, warns of spiritual “cancer”

DAEJEON, South Korea, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Pope Francis on
Friday commemorated the more than 300 people killed in a ferry
disaster in April, and called on South Koreans, among Asia’s
richest people, to beware of the spiritual “cancer” that often
accompanies affluent societies.

On the second day of his first trip to Asia, the pope met
with families of victims and some survivors of the tragedy ahead
of a Mass before about 50,000 people at the World Cup stadium in
the central city of Daejeon.

Aug 15, 2014

Beware spiritual ‘cancer’ of affluence, pope tells South Koreans

DAEJEON South Korea (Reuters) – Pope Francis urged South Koreans, among Asia’s richest people, to beware of the spiritual “cancer” that often accompanies affluent societies, as he led a Mass on Friday to commemorate the more than 300 people killed in a ferry disaster in April.

On the second day of his first trip to Asia, the pope met with families of victims and some survivors of the tragedy before starting the Mass before about 50,000 people at the World Cup stadium in the central city of Daejeon.

Aug 14, 2014

Pope sends message to Beijing, but some Chinese barred from S.Korea event

SEOUL (Reuters) – Pope Francis arrived in the South Korean capital Seoul on Thursday after sending an unprecedented message of good will to China as he flew over the country that does not allow its Catholics to recognise his authority.

However, about half of more than 100 Chinese who had planned to attend an Asian Youth Day event to be presided over during the pope’s visit are unable to attend due to “a complicated situation inside China”,┬áHeo Young-yeop, spokesman for the Committee for the Papal Visit to Korea, told reporters.

Aug 14, 2014

Pope sends good will message to China; arrives in South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) – Pope Francis arrived in the South Korean capital Seoul on Thursday after sending an unprecedented message of good will to China as he flew over the country that does not allow its Catholics to recognize his authority.

Francis will spend five days in South Korea, meeting some of the country’s five million Catholics on the first trip by a pontiff to Asia since 1999.