Posts Tagged ‘Korea’

World looking to religious leaders for leadership Comments 0

Monday, September 4th, 2017

When Pope Francis and the Korean Council of Religious Leaders met in the Vatican on Saturday, he told them the world was looking for leadership from religious leaders. “…the world is looking to us; it asks us to work together and with all men and women of good will,” Francis said. The representatives came from Read more

Major religions organise festival to tear down religious barriers Comments 0

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Major religions gathered recently in Korea. Representatives from Korea’s four major religions organized a religious festival aimed at tearing down the walls between them. The World Religious Peace Committee organized the 2016 World Religion Culture Festival at Jeonju and other sites. The committee comprised of representatives from Buddhist, Catholic, Protestant and Won Buddhist traditions. Won Read more

Pope’s press conference on ‘plane from Korea Comments 0

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

America provides below the full transcript of the pope’s press conference. The translation was made by Gerard O’Connell, its Vatican correspondent, who travelled on the plane with the pope. This is not an official translation. Q. During the visit to Korea, you reached out to the families of the Sewol ferry disaster and consoled them. Read more

Pope travelling in tiny box Kia car stuns Koreans Comments 0

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

On arriving in Korea, Pope Francis amazed onlookers and a huge television audience by getting into an unassuming, small car. This was in nation where VIPs are rarely seen in anything other than expensive, luxury cars. After his arrival on August 14, the Pope left the airport in a compact black Kia that many South Read more

Pope flies over China and sends message to President Xi Comments 0

Friday, August 15th, 2014

As he flew over China’s airspace on his way to Korea, Pope Francis sent a telegram to President Xi Jinping. Soon after crossing into Chinese airspace on August 14, the Pope dispatched the message which read: “I extend the best wishes to your excellency and your fellow citizens, and I invoke the divine blessings of Read more

Pope to highlight global focus in South Korea Comments 0

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

(RNS) Pope Francis departs next week (Aug. 14) on a five-day trip to South Korea, his first to Asia and the start of an important new papal focus on the region. In January, Francis will return to visit Sri Lanka and the Philippines, and a trip to Japan — where the pope wanted to go Read more

Francis’s exhortation best-selling document since Vatican II Comments 0

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

An apostolic exhortation by Pope Francis is the best-selling papal document in Britain since the Second Vatican Council. More than 25,000 copies of Evangelii Gaudium have been sold since December. This is the highest figure for any Vatican document since Unitatis Redintegratio, the Vatican II Decree on Ecumenism sold 85,000 copies in Britain. Sales are Read more

Christchurch Korean demolition expert refused communion Comments 0

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

A Christchurch demolition engineer, Eugene Chang, has been refused communion at his Korean Catholic church after being accused of being a North Korean sympathiser and spy. He has had to step down from the board of trustees of the Korean school after parents refused to send their children while he was involved and been shunned by his Read more

Catholic priest Emil Kapaun receives posthumous medal Comments 0

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

They are all in their 80s now — these former POWs during the Korean War. One recalls in rapid-fire bursts how Father Emil Kapaun sneaked out of the barracks at night, risking his life to bring back morsels of food for his fellow prisoners. Another remembers seeing the young American priest use a rock and Read more

New Zealand born Columban priest working with marginalised in Korea Comments 0

Friday, September 14th, 2012

New Zealand born Columban priest Father Robert Brennan has been in Korea since 1966.  He has been working with credit unions, which lend money to those in need at low borrowing costs, as he continues to devote himself to helping families marginalised by the ruthlessness of capitalism. He studied Korean for two years before being Read more