Pope Francis greets "comfort women" as he arrives to celebrate a Mass for peace and for the reconciliation of North and South Korea at Myongdong cathedral in Seoul, South Korea, Aug. 18, 2014. (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)
Pope Francis traveled to Korea Aug. 13-18, 2014, for the sixth Asian Youth Day.
Kia Motor has announced the company would donate three Kia Soul cars to the Korean bishops' Preparatory Committee for the 2014 Papal Visit. These cars were used during Pope Francis’s visit to South Korea. The pontiff declined to use a larger sedan. According to published reports, the committee said that two of the cars will be sent to the Vatican, and one will remain in Korea to be put on display.
Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, archbishop of Seoul, has called upon families of the victims in the April Seoul ferry tragedy “to concede at a certain point” their demands for an independent investigation and prosecution for the culpable.
In a press conference, he also warned reporters against exploiting the pain of the Sewol families, calling on everyone to help heal the pain.