Kia Motor has announced the company would donate three Kia Soul cars to the Korean bishops' Preparatory Committee for the 2014 Papal Visit. These cars were used during Pope Francis’s visit to South Korea. The pontiff declined to use a larger sedan. According to published reports, the committee said that two of the cars will be sent to the Vatican, and one will remain in Korea to be put on display.
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Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, archbishop of Seoul, has called upon families of the victims in the April Seoul ferry tragedy “to concede at a certain point” their demands for an independent investigation and prosecution for the culpable.
In a press conference, he also warned reporters against exploiting the pain of the Sewol families, calling on everyone to help heal the pain.
The father of one of the victims of the South Korean ferry tragedy Thursday ended a 46-day hunger strike.
Kim Young-oh, father of one of the 250 high school students who died in the Sewol shipwreck April 16, became a symbol of the families` struggle for an independent investigation into the accident.
On the first day of Pope Francis’ visit to South Korea he met with the Korean bishops, telling them to be one with the poor.
However, some of his strongest advice was not reported at the time as several paragraphs from his talk were dropped in the official text distributed on the Korean bishops’ sponsored media website.
President Park Geun-hye is under pressure to break her silence and take action on the deadlocked “Sewol bill” to deal with the aftermath of the sinking of the ferry that claimed more than 300 lives in April.
During his trip, Pope Francis built on the theme of reconciliation, coupling it with calls for forgiveness and inclusiveness, especially keeping in mind the poor and marginalized of society.
Kim Young-oh, whose 17-year-old daughter died when the Sewol ferry sank and has been fasting for 40 days, was hospitalized today. He has been on a hunger strike demanding legislation by the South Korean government to order an independent investigation into the disaster, with legal mandates to prosecute anyone found culpable. Parliament has been unable to agree to the terms of Kim and members of other families whose relatives were lost April 16th when the ship went down after crew members all escaped on life boats but left passangers behind.
This, from an opinion piece in The Korean Times today, writing about Pope Francis:
Like a fine wine, the aftertaste in Seoul, South Korea has been overwhelmingly positive in the three days since Pope Francis left following his five-day pastoral visit. The media has been aglow with praise.
Francis touched the hearts of Catholics and non-Catholics alike, believers and non-believers as well.
One example, an essay a professed atheist, professor of sociology at Seoul National University, Song Ho-keun, wrote in the Korean JoongAng Daily. Staff the JoongAng translated Song’s essay into English.
Protesters of militarism and social injustice, take heart!
Pope Francis likes you and knows your valued efforts are “difficult work.”
Or so, he said, to four fellow Jesuits when he stopped by their residence in Seoul last week for an hour of recreation away from the admiring crowds.