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Pope’s Korean Trip a ‘Sign of Hope’ for Asia (2836)

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the archbishop of Manila, said the apostolic trip was a witness to the Holy Father’s love for the world’s largest continent.

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Pope Francis visits the Kkottongnae House of Hope on Aug. 17.

– CNA/Preparatory Committee for the 2014 Papal Visit to Korea

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis brought a “sign of hope” to Asia, helped “cultivate solidarity” and invited Koreans to unity, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the archbishop of Manila, said in comments on the Holy Father’s five-day visit to South Korea.

The apostolic trip, he told Vatican Radio Aug. 18, was a witness to the Pope’s “pastoral love and attention, not only for Christians, but for all the Asian continent.”

The principal themes of the visit were “peace and reconciliation,” according to Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, and for many, these were most visibly seen when the Holy Father embraced abandoned and disabled young people at a rehabilitation center in Kkottongnae near...READ MORE

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Archbishop Gomez: Jesus Has Social-Media Tips for Church (7675)

The archbishop of Los Angeles told Latino Catholic leaders that they can learn from the brevity and power of Christ’s prayers and teachings.

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Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles

– Victor Alemán/Archdiocese of Los Angeles

HOUSTON — If Christianity could be contained in one tweet, it might read: "God creates man; man sins against God; God sends his only Son into the world to bring man back to him."

It's a difficult task to fit the entire Gospel into 140 characters or less. But that doesn't mean the Church shouldn't try.

That was Archbishop Jose Gomez's Aug. 16 message on media and the New Evangelization at the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL) conference in Houston. CALL is a national organization dedicated to the growth and spiritual formation of the Latino leaders of this country in their knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith.

In fact, Archbishop Gomez said, the Church can learn...READ MORE

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Why the Church Cannot Marry the Impotent, Goodness of Grandeur, Worshiping the Devil and More. . . (12226)

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Follow the Why The Church Cannot Marry the Impotent by Trent Horn of Catholic Answers link to read more.

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Heart of Korean Papal Trip: Witness of Martyrdom – Catherine Harmon, The Catholic World Report

Planned Parenthood’s 2014 Fails – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic Stand

Pope Francis: Forgiveness Key to Uniting Two Koreas – Francis X. Rocca, The Catholic Herald

Worshiping the Devil by Default by Dusty Gates of Crisis Magazine – BigPulpit.com

The Real Presence: 13 Memes on the Holy Eucharist – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter's List

The Pope is Coming to My Country! – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

Plain Living: A Suburban Catholic Family Goes Country – Chris McClure, One Peter 5

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Full Transcript of Pope’s In-Flight Interview From Korea (3834)

The Holy Father discussed a range of topics, including an ecological encyclical, intervention in Iraq, his relationship with Benedict XVI and his hopes of visiting the U.S. next year.

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Pope Francis speaks with journalists on the papal plane on the return flight to Rome Aug. 18.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Speaking to journalists aboard the Aug. 18 flight to Italy from South Korea, Pope Francis said he supports international intervention in Iraq and is willing to go to there personally if it will help end the violence against Christians and other religious minorities.

He also addressed topics ranging from peace efforts between Israel and Palestine and future papal visits to his personal schedule, relationship with Benedict XVI and life at the Vatican.

Below is a full transcript of the discussion between Pope Francis and journalists during Tuesday’s flight.

 

Korean journalist Sun Yin Park, Yonhap press agency: In the name of the Korean journalists and our people,...READ MORE

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Hope for the Holy Land (2375)

Benedictine Father Mark Sheridan discusses faith and life as a monk in Jerusalem.

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Benedictine Father Mark Sheridan.

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Father Mark Sheridan is a Benedictine monk at Dormition Abbey on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. He will celebrate 50 years in the priesthood in February 2015.

Prior to coming to Dormition Abbey in 2010, he spent 30 years at the Pontifical Athenaeum of St. Anselm (Sant’Anselmo) in Rome, where he was not only a professor, but also the rector of the Athenaeum and dean of the faculty of theology.

A recognized authority on ancient Coptic language and literature and a patristic scholar, Father Sheridan is a member of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity’s International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches.

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Aboard Papal Plane, Pope Francis Backs Intervention in Iraq (3047)

The Pope also said he was willing to go Iraq personally if it would help end the violence against Christians and other religious minorities.

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Pope Francis speaks to journalists Aug. 14 on the papal flight en route to South Korea.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis supports international intervention in Iraq and is willing to go to there personally if it will help end the violence against Christians and other religious minorities.

“In these cases where there is an unjust aggression, I can only say that it is licit to stop the unjust aggressor,” Pope Francis told reporters aboard the Aug. 18 plane flight back to Italy from South Korea.

“I underscore the verb ‘stop.’ I don’t say ‘to bomb’ or ‘make war,’ [but] ‘stop it.’”

Speaking to journalists aboard the flight, the Pope noted the Holy See’s diplomatic efforts to end the violence in Iraq, especially against Iraqi minorities.

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Ethicist: Italian IVF Mix-Up Highlights Dangers (1515)

An accidental swapping of children conceived through IVF procedures ‘is just the sort of thing that is liable to happen when you have human life being made and stored in the lab.’

08/18/2014 Comments (3)

WASHINGTON — The accidental swapping of children conceived through in vitro fertilization procedures before implantation, which recently occurred in Italy, points to the moral pitfalls surrounding artificial reproduction, some ethicists say.

Brendan Foht, assistant editor of the bioethics journal The New Atlantis, told CNA that “this kind of mix-up is just the sort of thing that is liable to happen when you have human life being made and stored in the lab.”

On Aug. 8, the Turin daily La Stampa reported that an Italian woman identified only as Francesca had successfully delivered two children and was “very happy.” The children, she explained, had been registered as hers, as Italian law...READ MORE

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Pope to Koreans: Trust in the Reconciling Power of the Cross (2012)

The Holy Father asked Korean Catholics ‘to bear convincing witness to Christ’s message of forgiveness in your homes, in your communities and at every level of national life.’

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Pope Francis delivers his homily at the concluding Mass of his papal visit to Korea.

– CNA/Emanuele Princi

SEOUL, South Korea — At the concluding Mass of his historical trip, Pope Francis urged the faithful to embrace Christ's message of forgiveness and reconciliation, stressing earlier in his visit that there is only “one Korea.”

“This ... is the message which I leave you,” the Pope told the congregation gathered at the Aug. 18 Mass held at the Myeong-dong Cathedral in Seoul. “Trust in the power of Christ’s cross! Welcome its reconciling grace into your own hearts and share that grace with others!”

“I ask you to bear convincing witness to Christ’s message of forgiveness in your homes, in your communities and at every level of national life.”

The Pope's Aug. 13-18 trip follows an invitation...READ MORE

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