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Nature's resilient beauty as seen on Bamseom Island
Aug 19, 2014
The Hangang River is a gigantic stream that cuts through the capital city. In the middle of the flowing waterway, underneath the Seogang Bridge that connects Yeouido and Mapo, sits a tiny island that preserves nature in a pristine state. It is Bamseom Island. The island is cu...


Upon the completion of Pope Francis' visit to Korea
Aug 19, 2014
  Bishop Peter Kang U-il Dear beloved brothers and sisters, For the past few days we have enjoyed touching moments, exhilaration and delight with Pope Francis. The pope shouted out to the youth of Asia gathered in Korea to wake up, though they may be seeped in drowsin...


Pope Francis: ‘All Koreans are brothers and sisters’
Aug 19, 2014
Pope Francis celebrated a Mass for peace and reconciliation at the Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul on August 18, wrapping up his five-day trip to Korea. Prior to the Mass, the pope greeted and consoled surviving sexual slaves who were forced to work for the Japanese military during...


Regional gov'ts present pontiff with small gifts
Aug 18, 2014
City and provincial governments and many individual citizens have presented Pope Francis with small gifts prepared with respect and sincerity, returning to him the favor of having visited Korea. The provincial government of Chungcheongnam-do (South Chungcheong Province) gave the ...


‘Wake up and go out into the world’: Pope Francis
Aug 18, 2014
“As young people not only of Asia, but also as sons and daughters of this great Earth, you have a right and a duty to take full part in the life of your societies.” Pope Francis urged Asian youth to “wake up” and “be vigilant” as he celebrated the closing Mass of the sixth Asian ...


Pope meets with Asian bishops
Aug 18, 2014
Pope Francis met with Asian bishops at the Shrine of Haemi in Seosan, Chungcheongnam-do (South Chungcheong Province), on August 17. The pope arrived by helicopter at the playground of Haemi Elementary School at around 10:55 a.m. He got into his car, a Kia Soul, for the trip to th...


Pontiff stresses humble life
Aug 17, 2014
Pope Francis visited Kkotdongnae, a welfare facility in Eumseong County, Chungcheongbuk-do (North Chungcheong Province), on August 16 and stressed the importance of a communal life, saying that, "Misunderstandings will arise and they must be faced." The pontiff also warned about ...


Portrait of 124 beatified martyrs unveiled
Aug 17, 2014
A portrait of 124 martyrs recently beatified by Pope Francis was unveiled on August 16. The martyrs are Paul Yun Ji-chung (1759-1791) and his companions. A portrait of 124 martyrs was revealed at their beatification ceremony on August 16. The picture was created by artist Ki...


Pope Francis with children
Aug 17, 2014
Pope Francis shows his devoted love for children. He stopped the autocade at many points and got out of the car to greet and bless the children in the crowd. Photos: Jeon Staff Writer


Details of the beatification ceremony
Aug 17, 2014
Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he heads to the venue of the beatification ceremony for Paul Yun Ji-chung and 123 other martyrs at Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul early in the morning on August 16. Statues of the Mother Mary and baby Jesus, clad in traditional Korean a...