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2 AFP battalions to secure the Pope

Philippine U.N. Peacekeepers. AP file photo

The Philippines has assigned a thousand-strong force of its United Nations peacekeepers to help guard Pope Francis when he visits Asia’s main Catholic outpost next January, the military said Sunday.

Posted: September 29th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Tagle hand-carries letters from street urchins to Pope Francis

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About a thousand streetchildren in Metro Manila have written letters to Pope Francis in hopes he would spend time with them when he visits the country in January.

Posted: September 23rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Pope Francis raring to meet PH youth, poor

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Pope Francis has given a special blessing for Filipinos, urging them to pray for him, said Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario who met the Holy Father in Rome last week.

Posted: September 11th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Pope Francis due to arrive in South Korea Thursday

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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 »