Posts Tagged ‘Papal Visit’

South Korea’s Cardinal will go with Pope to North Korea

Monday, November 12th, 2018

South Korea’s Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung says he would greatly welcome a visit from Pope Francis to North Korea and would be willing to accompany him during his trip. Yeom, who is the archbishop of Seoul, also serves as the acting chief of North Korea’s Pyongyang Diocese. According to Lee Hae-chan, the chief of the Read more

Japanese visit on cards for Pope

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

A Japanese visit is a possibility for Pope Francis next year. If he goes, it will be only the second time a Catholic pontiff has visited visit Japan. St Pope John Paul II visited Japan in 1981. Francis made the announcement of his proposed visit to members of the “Tensho Kenoh Shisetsu Kenshokai” association he Read more

Ireland’s Catholics collection for papal visit

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Ireland’s Catholics are being asked to dig into their pockets to help pay for this year’s papal visit. The Church is trying to persuade wealthy followers to donate millions of euro to cover the costs of the visit. The World Meeting of Families, which will take place from August 21 to 26, is estimated to Read more

St John Paul’s NZ chair has a few secrets to keep

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

A chair was especially constructed for St John Paul to use during his visit to New Zealand in 1986. The fact that a Protestant was the first person to use it is a source of quiet amusement for the man who constructed it. Upholsterer Colin Loach tells how he put the very large chair in Read more

Pope Francis plans to visit Armenia in late June

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Although no date has been set, a Vatican spokesman confirmed Pope Francis is considering a trip to Armenia during the second half of June, a year after causing a diplomatic incident by calling the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians in the early 1900s a genocide. Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said the pope’s itinerary hasn’t been Read more

Pope Francis to visit Auschwitz in July

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Pope Francis will visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in July. He will visit the former Nazi death camp in southern Poland on July 29, on the third day of his visit to the country. Two of his predecessors have also visited the camp, John Paul II – himself Polish – in 1979 and retired pope Read more

Pope Francis to visit Pakistan later this year

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to visit Pakistan this year, said a Pakistan media report. The state-run Associated Press of Pakistan reported that the pontiff has accepted the invitation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The invitation was extended by Pakistan’s Ports and Shipping Minister Kamran Michael, a Catholic, and Religious Affairs Minister Sardar Yusuf Read more

St Januarius’s blood liquefies in Naples again

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

The blood of St Januarius liquefied on September 19, his feast day, in the repetition of a familiar miracle in Naples in Italy. The saint and martyr is the patron of Naples. A vial of his blood, preserved by the faithful since the 4th century, regularly turns into liquid form on his feast day. Cardinal Read more

North Korea denies missile launches aimed at Pope

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

North Korea says its firing of three rockets shortly before Pope Francis arrived in the south Korean capital had nothing to do with the papal visit The short range rockets were fired from multiple launchers from North Korea and travelled 220 km,  before landing in waters east of the Korean peninsula on August 14. The Read more

Governor General invites Pope to visit NZ

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

During a meeting with the Pope in Rome, New Zealand’s Governor General, Sir Jerry Mateparae has invited Pope Francis to visit New Zealand. Mateparae wrote on his Facebook page: “Our audience with Pope Francis was a very special occasion for us today.” “Pope Francis was well informed about New Zealand. He was most interested in Read more