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Pope Francis celebrates reunification Mass as North Korea issues threats

Pope Francis celebrates reunification Mass as North Korea issues threats

The pontiff concluded his visit with a call for forgiveness and unity at Myeongdong cathedral
Pope Francis baptizes father of Korea ferry disaster victim

Pope Francis baptizes father of Korea ferry disaster victim

Lee Ho-Jin made pilgrimage to Daejeon to ease his grief when he met the pope on Friday
Pope says Christians in Asia are not 'conquerors' subverting 'identity'

Pope says Christians in Asia are not 'conquerors' subverting 'identity'

In apparent reference to China, he tells Asian bishops in Haemi the Church needs 'fraternal dialogue'
Pope Francis visits the disabled, elderly in Kkottongnae

Pope Francis visits the disabled, elderly in Kkottongnae

The pontiff also prayed at a garden memorial for aborted children

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Pope Francis celebrates reunification Mass as North Korea issues threats

Pope Francis celebrates reunification Mass as North Korea issues threats

The pontiff concluded his visit with a call for forgiveness and unity at Myeongdong cathedral

Korea sees 'Francis the Healer' at Kkottangnae

Korea sees 'Francis the Healer' at Kkottangnae

Images of him touching the disabled and sick affirm the values of human dignity and compassion

Faith is empathetic and not superficial, Pope Francis tells Asian bishops

Faith is empathetic and not superficial, Pope Francis tells Asian bishops

Christian identity should not be 'formalistic' and characterized by easy answers to hard questions

Pope urges Asian youth to keep their faith and national identity

Pope urges Asian youth to keep their faith and national identity

Exhorts delegates to build a 'closer, more humble Church'

Pope Francis baptizes father of Korea ferry disaster victim

Pope Francis baptizes father of Korea ferry disaster victim

Lee Ho-Jin made pilgrimage to Daejeon to ease his grief when he met the pope on Friday

Pope says Christians in Asia are not 'conquerors' subverting 'identity'

Pope says Christians in Asia are not 'conquerors' subverting 'identity'

In apparent reference to China, he tells Asian bishops in Haemi the Church needs 'fraternal dialogue'

Progress made on first North Korean saint

Progress made on first North Korean saint

Korean bishops have initiated the process after the Vatican officially acknowledged his death last year

Martyrs remind us of the 'radical demand of the Gospel': Pope Francis

Martyrs remind us of the 'radical demand of the Gospel': Pope Francis

Saturday's beatification in downtown Seoul drew nearly one million people

God never tires of forgiving, pope tells AYD gathering in Dangjin

God never tires of forgiving, pope tells AYD gathering in Dangjin

Urges youth, priests and bishops to 'embrace sinners' and 'be merciful'

Hong Kong youth moved to tears by Pope Francis' remarks at AYD event

Hong Kong youth moved to tears by Pope Francis' remarks at AYD event

Says the pontiff asked for prayers and that he would also pray for the Church in China

Pope Francis visits the disabled, elderly in Kkottongnae

Pope Francis visits the disabled, elderly in Kkottongnae

The pontiff also prayed at a garden memorial for aborted children

Pope Francis beatifies 124 Korean martyrs

Pope Francis beatifies 124 Korean martyrs

Hundreds of thousands fill Gwanghwamun plaza to honor fidelity to the faith

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Daejeon

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Daejeon

Meets families of ferry victims, one of whom he will baptize on Saturday

Pope Francis meets Asian youth delegates in birthplace of Korean Catholicism

Pope Francis meets Asian youth delegates in birthplace of Korean Catholicism

Prays that God may 'light up the life of this vast continent'

Priests and politics in South Korea

Priests and politics in South Korea

The clergy has a long tradition of protest and pro-democracy activism

Pope warns of 'cancer' of despair at Mass in Daejeon

Pope warns of 'cancer' of despair at Mass in Daejeon

An estimated 45,000 people attend the pontiff's first public event

Selfies and salsiccie on the papal flight to Seoul

Selfies and salsiccie on the papal flight to Seoul

Steve Finch, ucanews.com correspondent, reports from the pope's charter plane

Pope Francis exhorts bishops to be 'guardians of hope' for the young

Pope Francis exhorts bishops to be 'guardians of hope' for the young

Despite its thriving Christian community, Korea has seen a drop in youth engagement with the church

North Korea missile tests precede Pope Francis' message of peace

North Korea missile tests precede Pope Francis' message of peace

The pontiff says stability on the peninsula affects the 'whole war-weary world'

Pope Francis prays for journalists killed in Gaza

Pope Francis prays for journalists killed in Gaza

Holds impromptu moment of silence with reporters aboard the flight to Korea

Pope Francis sends greetings as he flies over China

Pope Francis sends greetings as he flies over China

'Divine blessings of peace and wellbeing' offered to president and citizens

Korea's 'two Churches' collide in papal visit planning

Korea's 'two Churches' collide in papal visit planning

Pope Francis' itinerary won't take him to 'the margins' where the Gospel lives, say activists

Pope Francis begins his journey to Asia

Pope Francis begins his journey to Asia

The pontiff is scheduled to arrive in Seoul on Thursday morning

Pope Francis to pray for North Korea's 'church of silence'

Pope Francis to pray for North Korea's 'church of silence'

Special Mass to address reconciliation with North, where no priests reside to offer sacraments

Relatives of South Korea ferry victims seek Pope Francis' aid

Relatives of South Korea ferry victims seek Pope Francis' aid

Say they will ask the pontiff to intercede for independent probe

Pope Francis will encounter obstacles to diplomacy in Korea

Pope Francis will encounter obstacles to diplomacy in Korea

His visit comes at a time of heightened religious persecution in Asia

Pope Francis sends video message to Korea ahead of visit

Pope Francis sends video message to Korea ahead of visit

Asks the nation to pray with him that his journey will bear fruit for Church and society

South Korea: Catholicism's unlikely Asian pillar

South Korea: Catholicism's unlikely Asian pillar

Unlike the West, modernity has 'fueled religiosity' in the country

Pope John Paul II helped cement Catholic identity in Korea

Pope John Paul II helped cement Catholic identity in Korea

His visits emphasized unity in a divided world and justice for the oppressed

Pope to boost booming Asia Church with South Korea visit

Pope to boost booming Asia Church with South Korea visit

Observers expect the pontiff to address escalating anti-Christian persecution worldwide

The special ties that bind the Vatican with Korea

The special ties that bind the Vatican with Korea

Past popes have shown particular interest in the development of the Church on the Peninsula

Korea's land of martyrs

Korea's land of martyrs

South Chungcheong province is a major pilgrimage site filled with memorials to Korea's thousands of martyrs

Pope could send greeting to China en route to Korea

Pope could send greeting to China en route to Korea

Pontiffs generally call country heads during fly-over

What might have been for the Korean Catholic Church

What might have been for the Korean Catholic Church

Two military incursions could have established a foothold for the faith much earlier

The Catholic Church in Korea: born of persecution and perseverance

The Catholic Church in Korea: born of persecution and perseverance

Untold thousands suffered through the centuries to bring the Gospel to the country

What Pope Francis' visit to Korea could mean for the Asian Church

What Pope Francis' visit to Korea could mean for the Asian Church

Re-strengthening the influence of the Asian Bishops would be a good, if challenging, outcome

The Korean Church has 'vision' problems

The Korean Church has 'vision' problems

Interview: Bishop Peter Kang of Jeju says Korean Catholics differ on 'how to apply faith in real-life situations'

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