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Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis

Mass For Peace And Reconciliation

Seoul, Myeong-dong Cathedral

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As my stay in Korea draws to a close, I thank God for the many blessings he has bestowed upon this beloved country, and in a special way, upon the Church in Korea.  Among those blessings I especially treasure the experience we have all had in these recent days of the presence of so many young pilgrims from throughout Asia.  Their love of Jesus and their enthusiasm for the spread of his Kingdom have been an inspiration to us all.  

Francis baptizes ferryboat victim father


Pope Francis Sunday baptized a father who lost his son in Sewol ferryboat tragedy. The ceremony took place in the chapel of the apostolic nuncio in Korea, according to Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesperson.

 “As you know, a father who lost his son in Sewol ferry asked the pope to baptize him. Actually, we were embarrassed because it was not originally scheduled; however, the pope gave him a positive answer,” Lombardi said.

Preview: South Korean president turns blind eye to off-track horse betting across from her old Catholic high school


“It’s really all about money,” Sacred Heart Korea Provincial Sr. Kim Young Ae, said. “It’s the worship of money.”

She spoke with both anger and contempt as she pointed upward, standing in front of a tall modern looking building erected just 230 meters from the Sacred Heart Girls High School.

The problem is not the building. The problem is what the building is being used for – to house the offices of the Korea Racing Authority, three floors of which will be used for off-track betting on horse racing.

Francis homily at beatification Mass for 124 Korean martyrs


Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis

Mass for the Beatification of the Korean Martyrs

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? (Rom 8:35).  With these words, Saint Paul speaks of the glory of our faith in Jesus: not only has Christ risen from the dead and ascended to heaven, but he has united us to himself and he grants us a share in his eternal life.  Christ is victorious and his victory is ours!

Looking for answers in the shooting death of Michael Brown


Eighteen-year-old unarmed Michael Brown was shot and killed on Saturday afternoon in Ferguson, Mo. He was black in a city that is two-thirds black with a white mayor; one black and five white city council members, a white police chief, 48 white and three black members of the police force, and one Latino and six white members of the school board.


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July 14-27, 2017