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Pope asks youth: What are you willing to die for?

LIKE A ROCK STAR  Pope Francis (inset) on Saturday celebrates Mass at Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul,  where he beatified 124 Koreans martyred in the 18th century. Crowd at the beatification Mass and rites tops a million, according to Korean media, a significant number where only 10 percent of South Korea’s population is Catholic. AFP

Pope Francis beatified 124 early Korean martyrs on Saturday at a Mass in Seoul and challenged the massive crowd to ask what values they might be willing to die for in an increasingly materialistic, globalized world.

Posted: August 17th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Pope to baptize father of ferry disaster victim

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to celebrate the Mass of Assumption of Mary at a stadium in Daejeon, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Korea Pool via Yonhap) KOREA OUT

Pope Francis agreed on Friday to baptize the father of one of many students killed in South Korea’s ferry disaster as he met with the victims’ relatives before a Mass in the city of Daejeon.

Posted: August 16th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Pope Francis due to arrive in South Korea Thursday

Pope francis to Korea

Pope Francis arrives in Seoul on Thursday looking to fuel a new era of Catholic growth in Asia–a mission fraught with complex political challenges but huge potential rewards.

Posted: August 14th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Pope kicks off Asia missionary boost in South Korea

A banner showing Pope Francis is displayed on the street in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Pope Francis is scheduled to make a five-day trip to South Korea, starting Aug. 13 to participate in a Catholic youth festival and to preside over a beatification ceremony for 124 Korean martyrs.  AP PHOTO/AHN YOUNG-JOON

When Pope Francis was a young Jesuit, he wanted to follow in the great Jesuit tradition and become a missionary in Asia. Health problems kept him home, but he is finally getting his chance, traveling to Asia as the world’s most visible and popular Catholic missionary.

Posted: August 12th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Hoping to project power, China finds itself alone

In this July 7, 2014 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping unveils a sculpture commemorating the start of a war with Japan with old soldiers and children during a ceremony to mark the 77th anniversary of the war, in Beijing, China. Despite Xi’s depiction of China as a “peaceful, amiable and civilized lion,” the country’s moves have so far only set off alarms across the region and pushed other Asian countries to seek backup from Washington. AP

Nearly three decades after Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping famously instructed his diplomats to “be good at maintaining a low profile and never claim leadership,” a new generation of rulers has made it clear that they’re ready to shed the humility and show off their country’s rising military and political power.

Posted: July 10th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »