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Francis to baptize father of Korean ferryboat victim

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Pope Francis reportedly agreed to baptize the father of one the students killed in South Korea's ferry disaster as he met with victims' relatives before a mass in the city of Daejeon today.

"At the end of the meeting, the father of a boy killed in the accident asked to be baptized," the pope's spokesman Father Federico Lombardi reportedly told reporters.

Francis to Korean bishops: 'Be one with the poor'

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   SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA -- A visibly animated Pope Francis came out strong on his first day in South Korea, telling its bishops that solidarity with the poor must be seen as “the essential element of the Christian life.”

   His words were uncompromising. This solidarity, he said, “must penetrate the hearts and minds of the faithful and be reflected in every aspect of ecclesial life.”

Seoul rally draws attention to 'comfort women'

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An estimated 2,000 Korean protesters packed the street in front of the Japanese embassy here Tuesday, again calling upon the Japanese government to formally apologize for forcing tens of thousands of Korean women, some reportedly as young as the age of 12, into sexual slavery during World War II.

For more than an hour, speaker after speaker, including the president of the committee for peace and justice in the Seoul archdiocese, Fr. Andrew Park Dong-ho, cried out for the Japanese government to acknowledge wrongdoing, to apologize and to compensate the women.

Report: Pope Francis confirms trip to Philadelphia

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NBC News is reporting that Pope Francis confirmed that he will visit Philadelphia next year.

Pope Francis told NBC News he will be paying a visit to the city of brotherly love. NBC's Anne Thompson spoke to the pope in Italian as the pontiff flew to Asia for his first-ever trip. Thompson asked, in Italian, if the pope would travel to Philadelphia at any point.

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