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Friday, August 22, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Aboard the papal plane as it made its way back to Italy from a trip to Asia, the Pope spoke briefly about visiting Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families Conference.
He said he would like to come to Philadelphia for the encounter of families, and he was also invited by the President to speak to Congress in Washington, and by the secretary general of the United Nations in New York.
Read more by clicking on the following: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/08/18/pope-confirms-hopes-for-3-city-us-trip-in-2015/
Thursday, August 14, 2014
This time, Beijing allowed Pope Francis to fly over China. The gesture is significant, particularly in light of the especially poor state of relations, which have hit a low in recent years after Chinese authorities placed a Catholic bishop under house arrest.
The Vatican has long been anxious to repair relations with Beijing. In its quest to spread the faith in Asia, where Catholicism today represents a tiny slice of the population, China is the big kahuna. Its huge population and the spiritual vacuum left by eroding Communist ideology are a dream for Vatican evangelists.
As a result, the dog-whistle message sent from the papal plane will surely perk up the antennae of Vatican- and China-watchers alike.
Read more by clicking on the following: http://online.wsj.com/articles/pope-francis-sends-message-to-china-in-telegram-from-papal-plane-1407981654
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
By Nicole Winfield
VATICAN CITY (AP) - When Pope Francis was a young Jesuit, he wanted to follow in the great Jesuit tradition and become a missionary in Asia. Health problems kept him home, but he is finally getting his chance, travelling to Asia as the world's most visible and popular Catholic missionary.
During his visit to South Korea this week, he'll bring a message of peace and reconciliation to the divided Korean peninsula and a call for young Catholics to take up the missionary charge themselves, spreading the faith on a continent where the Catholic Church is small but growing. Asia's Christians have endured dramatic persecutions over history that echo attacks against Christians today in parts of the Middle East and Africa.
While the pope is expected to reach out to Pyonyang during the visit, no North Koreans are expected to attend. The archdiocese of Seoul invited a delegation of Northern Christians, but Pyongyang authorities informed organizers last week t hat they wouldn't come, the Vatican said.
The Aug. 13-18 trip marks the first time a pope has been on the Korean peninsula in a quarter-century and the trip kicks off what is expected to be a very Asian-focused year for the 77-year-old pontiff: He will travel to Sri Lanka and the Philippines in January and there are rumors of a trip to Japan next year as well
Read the entire article by clicking on the following: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/11/pope-francis-south-korea_n_5668228.html
Sunday, August 10, 2014
He will be driven around not in a grand limo or a special pope mobile, but a humble compact car created by Kia Motors.
During the papal mass he will don robes hand-made by Korean nuns and drink a brand of Korean wine used in most Korean cathedrals.
Two Korean mineral water brands will keep the pope and his team hydrated throughout his stay.
But none of the brand names used by the pope will be publicized, as a show of the companies' devotion to the pope's humble approach to his ministry.
Read more by clicking on the following: http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=166559