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Following Pope Francis’ departure from South Korea at 1.p.m. Aug. 18th, the president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea and Commissioner of Committee for Papal Visit to Korea, Bishop Peter Kang U-il of Cheju, and Coordinator of Committee for Papal Visit to Korea, Bishop Cho Kyi-man, auxiliary bishop of Seoul, met with reporters in a final press briefing.
Bishop Kang read a statement before taking questions from reporters.
Dear brothers and sisters,
“Pope Francis’ five-day visit to Korea was a pastoral visit aimed at tending to Catholics here and, more broadly, throughout Asia.
Yet, his visit was followed closely by Koreans looking for comfort and inspiration from a religious leader who is an advocate for the poor and the weak. And the pope did not disappoint.”
Pope Francis has written a condolence letter to the families of those still missing in April’s ferry sinking, saying he prayed for the victims of the tragedy throughout his stay in South Korea.
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Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis
Mass For Peace And Reconciliation
Seoul, Myeong-dong Cathedral
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As my stay in Korea draws to a close, I thank God for the many blessings he has bestowed upon this beloved country, and in a special way, upon the Church in Korea. Among those blessings I especially treasure the experience we have all had in these recent days of the presence of so many young pilgrims from throughout Asia. Their love of Jesus and their enthusiasm for the spread of his Kingdom have been an inspiration to us all.
Pope Francis Sunday baptized a father who lost his son in Sewol ferryboat tragedy. The ceremony took place in the chapel of the apostolic nuncio in Korea, according to Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesperson.
“As you know, a father who lost his son in Sewol ferry asked the pope to baptize him. Actually, we were embarrassed because it was not originally scheduled; however, the pope gave him a positive answer,” Lombardi said.