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Taiwanese Pilgrims: Pope’s for Everyone, Not Just for Catholics (2510)

They noted that most of the more than 1 million people who attended the Holy Father’s Aug. 16 beatification Mass for 124 Korean martyrs were non-Catholics.

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Alan Holdren/CNA

Pope Francis greets pilgrims as he arrives in Seoul’s Gwanghwamun Gate for the Aug. 16 beatification Mass of 124 Korean martyrs.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

SEOUL, South Korea — A group of pilgrims who traveled from Taiwan to participate in events surrounding Pope Francis’ visit have expressed their joy at seeing him, particularly for the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs.

“It is the first time I have attended such a huge event with so many people. And I just heard on the news that about 1 million people attended the Mass, and only about 17% to 19% of them were Catholics,” one of the group members, Theresa, told CNA Aug. 17.

“I think that the Pope is not just for Catholics, but for the world. He is for peace, and his kindness to the whole of humanity” displays that, she said.

Coming as part of a group of 50 from Sacred Heart Parish in...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Prays for Aborted Babies (2122)

The Pope visited a South Korean cemetery Aug. 16, praying there at a memorial of white crosses commemorating children who have been aborted.

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Preparatory Committee for the 2014 Papal Visit to Korea

Pope Francis prays Aug. 16 at a memorial for aborted children located at a cemetery in Kkottognae, South Korea.

– Preparatory Committee for the 2014 Papal Visit to Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — En route from visiting a rehabilitation center in Kkottognae and on his way to meet with Korean religious, Pope Francis stopped and prayed for a few minutes at a local cemetery for aborted children.

The Holy Father got out of the Kia popemobile in which he was being transported to pray, accompanied by a Korean bishop and a priest acting as his translator.

With his hands clasped together, Pope Francis prayed in silence before a memorial that contains a prominent statue of the Holy Family and a large number of white crosses commemorating the children who have been aborted.

In comments to CNA, Kim Doh Woo, a teacher in Kkottognae, explained that “this is the place where...READ MORE

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Pope Gets Warm Welcome From Children With Disabilities (2951)

The Holy Father visited the House of Hope rehabilitation center for children with disabilities in Kkottongnae, South Korea.

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Pope Francis meets children with disabilities Aug.15 at the House of Hope rehabilitation center in Kkottongnae, South Korea.

– Preparatory Committee for the 2014 Papal Visit to Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — Pope Francis visited the House of Hope rehabilitation center for children with disabilities in South Korea on Aug. 15, where he was welcomed in a festive and joyful environment.

The Pope arrived at Kkottongnae, known as the “City of Flowers,” in the early evening and was received by thousands of people in the streets chanting “Viva el Papa, Viva Cristo” and adorned by South Korean and Vatican flags.

After greeting the people in the streets, the Holy Father was received by two religious sisters and a religious brother who are in charge of the House of Hope. The Pope was shown the rehabilitation center, which serves children with severe disabilities.

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Pope to Asian Youth: The Church Needs Your Witness (2476)

The Holy Father told attendees of the the Sixth Asian Youth Conference, ‘Let Christ turn your natural optimism into Christian hope, your energy into moral virtue, your goodwill into genuine self-sacrificing love.’

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Pope Francis greets pilgrims as he arrives for the closing Mass of the Sixth Asian Youth Day Aug. 17.

– CNA/Walter Sanchez Silva

HAEMI, South Korea — Pope Francis urged a throng of Asian youth to spread Christ’s love throughout the continent, pointing to the martyrs as examples.

“Asian youth, wake up!” the Pope exclaimed.

“As young Christians, whether you are workers or students, whether you have already begun a career or have answered the call to marriage, religious life or the priesthood, you are not only a part of the future of the Church; you are also a necessary and beloved part of the Church’s present!” he said.

The Pope delivered the homily at the Aug. 17 closing Mass of the Sixth Asian Youth Day, which took place at Haemi Castle, a fortress that was used to imprison Christians during the 19th century. The...READ MORE

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How I Moved from My Megachurch to Catholicism, Build a Spiritual Defense and Much More! (4871)

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Follow the How I Moved from My Megachurch to Catholicism by Ulf Ekman of The Catholic Herald link to read more.

How I Moved from My Megachurch to Catholicism by Ulf Ekman of The Catholic Herald – BigPulpit.com

Build A Spiritual Defense – Kathleen Beckman, Catholic Exchange

Called to Be Saints, Called Home: Lessons on Sainthood – Megan Twomey, Ignitum Today

Pope Francis’s Secret Friend in Caserta – Sandro Magister, Chiesa

Catholic Blogosphere: Q & A with Fr. John Zuhlsdorf by Fr. Sean Salai, SJ, of America Magazine - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis: Teens Stop Wasting Time on Cell Phones – Cindy Wooden, The Catholic Herald

Renewal & a New Set of Tires to Boot – Lisa Sheferly-Gillay, Catholic Stand

Getting Ready for Campus Life – Fr. C. John McCloskey, The Catholic Thing

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Pope: Crisis in Family Requires Greater Church Outreach (2080)

‘The family remains the basic unit of society,’ the Holy Father emphasized in remarks delivered today to South Korean lay leaders.

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Pope Francis celebrated Mass Aug. 15 in Daejon, South Korea.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

SEOUL, South Korea — Pope Francis told South Korea's lay leaders during his visit to the country that the modern breakdown of families should spur greater outreach and catechesis to married couples and their children.

“At a time of great crisis for family life, our Christian communities are called to support married couples and families in fulfilling their proper mission in the life of the Church and society,” he said Aug. 16 at the Kkottongnae Spirituality Center.

“The family remains the basic unit of society and the first school in which children learn the human, spiritual and moral values which enable them to be a beacon of goodness, integrity and justice in our communities,” the Pope...READ MORE

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Calls for Peace Abound After Michael Brown Shooting (1846)

Political and religious leaders have issued appeals in the wake of the Aug. 9 police killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

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Parishioners from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Cruch in Ferguson, Mo., gather for a prayer vigil for peace after the Aug. 9 killing of Michael Brown.

– Lisa Johnston/St. Louis Review

ST. LOUIS — Amid protests and heavy police action following the shooting of the teenaged Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., political and faith leaders have called for peace and just action from both civilians and police forces.

“These scenes in the communities of Ferguson and Dellwood reflect the current state of our country and world,” wrote Father Art Cavitt, executive director of the St. Charles Lwanga Center in St. Louis and resident of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Ferguson, in an Aug. 14 column in the St. Louis Review.

Previously, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish had held a vigil night of prayer in honor of Brown and the protests surrounding his death.

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Pope Beatifies 124 Korean Martyrs, Praising Their Witness to Christ (3444)

In God’s mysterious providence, the Christian faith entered Korea through the hearts and minds of the people themselves, the Holy Father said at Mass at Seoul’s Gwanghwamun Gate.

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Pope Francis beatifies Paul Yun Ji-Chung and 123 companion martyrs in Seoul Aug. 16.

– CNA/Alan Holdren

SEOUL, South Korea — Pope Francis on Saturday beatified Korean martyrs Paul Yun Ji-chung and 123 companions, praising their “great sacrifices” and their call “to put Christ first.”

“All of them lived and died for Christ, and now they reign with him in joy and in glory,” the Pope said during Mass at Seoul’s Gwanghwamun Gate.

“The victory of the martyrs, their witness to the power of God’s love, continues to bear fruit today in Korea, in the Church, which received growth from their sacrifice,” the Holy Father told a congregation of tens of thousands.

“Our celebration of Blessed Paul and Companions provides us with the opportunity to return to the first moments, the infancy as it were, of...READ MORE

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