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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.
South Korean police cordoned off and confronted the man most widely seen as the soul of the vulnerable and voiceless of South Korea.
A major plaza in downtown Seoul filled with tens of thousands of Koreans today. It included families of those who died in the disaster. Meanwhile Pope Francis met with the families of ten ferry victims, receiving letters and gifts from them.
A rally in downtown Seoul drew tens of thousands Friday. On the edge of the plaza, a makeshift art exhibit, featuring paintings and photographs, was wet up to commemorate those who died in the April 16 Sewol ferry sinking. Much of the art has come from the creative hands of children.
NCR Today: Continuing coverage of Pope Francis in Korea; LCWR in Nashville; Sex abuse in Kansas City, Mo., Schenectady, N.Y and Australia.
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.”
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.
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.
After months of worsening tensions, the US-Israeli diplomatic relationship has reached new lows, The Times of Israel is reporting this morning.