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Pope Francis arrives in Korea
Aug 14, 2014
“I come here with the hope for peace on the Korean Peninsula from deep within my heart,” said Pope Francis upon arriving in Korea on August 14. The chartered Alitalia flight landed at Seoul Air Base in Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province) at around 10:30 a.m. Pope Franc...

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Historical records of Korea, Vatican ties go online
Aug 13, 2014
Pope John Paul II kisses the ground after landing at Gimpo International Airport on May 3, 1984. (photo courtesy of the National Archives of Korea)Pope John Paul II (1920-2005) bent his knees. He blessed Korea by kissing the earth immediately upon landing at Gimpo International A...

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Papal visit to spread message of peace, reconciliation ...
Aug 13, 2014
Archbishop of Seoul and Cardinal of Korea Andrew Yeom Soo-jung (center) sprinkles holy water during the blessing ceremony of the main press center at the Lotte Hotel Seoul. The ceremony took place on August 13, a day before the pope's visit. (photo: Jeon Han) “I hope the message ...

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Korea in welcoming mood for upcoming papal visit
Aug 12, 2014
Banners welcoming Pope Francis are hung around Gwanghwamun Gate in central Seoul on August 11, three days ahead of the papal visit. (photo: Jeon Han)A welcoming mood can be seen across Seoul as the city prepares to welcome the head of the Roman Catholic Church. A stage is being e...

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Seoul pilgrimage trail shares spirit of Catholic martyr...
Aug 12, 2014
The first Korean Catholic priest, St. Andrew Kim Dae-geon, sent a letter before he was martyred. "Believers," he said, "should be one in heart and mind though they are all different. They should not forget love and should help each other endure. Everything on earth is done by God...

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'Pope is humble, simple': Italian journalist
Aug 12, 2014
“Pope Francis once said, ‘A priest should smell of sheep. If a priest were, let’s say, a shepherd, he must smell of sheep, as he has to be the person closest to his sheep.’ Likewise, a priest must be the person closest to his people, smelling and smelling of their flesh.” Christi...

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Media prepares for pope's visit
Aug 11, 2014
There are only four days to go before Pope Francis arrives in Seoul. Part of Korea's foreign press corps shoots in the Yakhyeon Catholic Church, the first-ever Western-style cathedral in Korea, on August 6. In honor of the pontiff’s first visit to Korea, the Korean Culture a...

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Signs of autumn in late summer
Aug 08, 2014
Blue skies without a cloud in sight and a cool breeze greeted Seoulites early on August 8. Nodeulseom Island is in clear view from the Dongjak Bridge. (photo: Jeon Han) A day after Ipchu, 立秋, the traditional beginning of fall, a crisp dawn air and deep, piercingly blue skies gre...

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Hiking, the national identity of Koreans: WaPo
Aug 01, 2014
About 70 percent of Korea’s territory is mountainous. Its capital city, Seoul, is surrounded by mountains, including Bukhansan, Gwanaksan, Inwangsan, Buaksan and Dobongsan. Ranging from short, simple walks to rock climbing with the necessary equipment, these mountains offer hikin...

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Life Trail follows the path of Catholic martyrs in Seou...
Jul 25, 2014
Seoul's Seosomun Historical Park is where a great number of Catholics were executed amid the persecutions that took place during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Earlier this year, it was officially designated as a "historical park." Pope Francis will honor the martyrs during his ...