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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.

Aug 12, 2014

Pope’s South Korea trip gives opportunity to reach out to China

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – On his way to South Korea, Pope Francis will get a rare opportunity to directly address China’s leadership as he flies over the country, whose communist government does not allow Catholics to recognize his authority.

The pope, who leaves Rome on Wednesday, always sends telegrams to the leaders of countries as he passes through their airspace. The routine messages rarely make news, but this time there is keen expectation for what the pope will say to China.

Aug 7, 2014
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Vatican bank’s TV investment loss showed Cardinal Bertone’s power

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(The Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone prays as Pope Benedict XVI meets youths in Bkerke in Harissa, near Beirut September 15, 2012. REUTERS/ Stefano Rellandini )

Two years ago, the Vatican bank invested 15 million euros in an Italian television company that makes family movies, including films about popes and a series about a bike-riding country priest who helps police solve crimes.

Aug 4, 2014

Insight – Vatican bank’s TV investment loss showed cardinal’s power

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Two years ago, the Vatican bank invested 15 million euros in an Italian television company that makes family movies, including films about popes and a series about a bike-riding country priest who helps police solve crimes.

The Vatican’s then Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone ordered the investment in Lux Vide SpA, which he said shares the Holy See’s “lofty goal of evangelisation”.