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.
Movie review: "The Giver" is rife with themes about humanity, God, free will, humanity, personhood, redemption and willingness to sacrifice for others.
NCR Today: Bankruptcy fees for Wilmington diocese -- $15.8 million; Man says Pope Francis inspired him to sue Orlando diocese; Francis speaking English in Korea visitation.
This will be my fourth and last (at least for the time being) blog post on the document " 'Sensus Fidei' in the Life of the Church." (Read parts one, two and three.) I wish to thank all who commented on the document.
Social Service Sr. Simone Campbell said the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will be "another step in the dark, faithful to mission." In her Aug. 7 trip to Kansas City, Mo., Campbell, executive director of the lobbying group NETWORK, visited NCR headquarters to talk about LCWR, health care, her book Nuns on the Bus and more.
NCR Today: Robin Williams owned his inner madness, the spark of weirdness that made him unique. He celebrated and shared it until, it seems, he had no more to give.