Pope Francis today closed the sixth annual Asian Youth Day, returning to the Daejeon diocese, where he celebrated a mass before a gathering estimated at more than 50,000.
NCR Today: For three days now, Francis' repeated acts of simplicity and humility are offering Koreans a model of new leadership.
Kim Young-oh, the Hyundai plant assembly line worker whose bony shoulders seem to carry the hopes and pain of a nation, got a wish filled today. This "soul of the nation" greeted Pope Francis to engage his support for a law to investigate and prosecute those culpable in the ferryboat sinking that took his daughter's life.
The legacy of the Korean martyrs should inspire us to work in harmony "for a more just, free and reconciled society," Pope Francis said Saturday.
Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis
Mass for the Beatification of the Korean Martyrs
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? (Rom 8:35). With these words, Saint Paul speaks of the glory of our faith in Jesus: not only has Christ risen from the dead and ascended to heaven, but he has united us to himself and he grants us a share in his eternal life. Christ is victorious and his victory is ours!
History teaches that extremism always fills the void left by the absence of political negotiation. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is no exception. In this first of a two-part series, we will examine how extremism is on the rise in Israel. The second part of the series will address the sources of Palestinian extremism.
Eighteen-year-old unarmed Michael Brown was shot and killed on Saturday afternoon in Ferguson, Mo. He was black in a city that is two-thirds black with a white mayor; one black and five white city council members, a white police chief, 48 white and three black members of the police force, and one Latino and six white members of the school board.
NCR Today: The full reality of Mary, a vulnerable human who struggled just like me, challenges me to say yes to God when I would rather say no.
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.