Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will travel to South Korea in August for Asian Youth Day and to preside over the beatification of a large group of Korean martyrs, the Vatican spokesman said.
The pope will leave Rome Aug. 13 and fly to South Korea, staying in the country Aug. 14-18, according to Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman. He said no other countries would be on the itinerary.
The main point of the trip, Father Lombardi said, is to participate in the youth gathering Aug. 13-17 in Daejeon, South Korea. The theme of Asian Youth Day is “Asian youth, wake up! The glory of the martyrs shines on you.”
Sponsored by the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, the gathering is expected to draw delegates from 30 countries.
Father Lombardi said Pope Francis also will visit South Korea’s capital, Seoul, and meet President Park Geun-hye.
According to the Korean Herald, Park’s office issued a statement saying, “The upcoming visit by Pope Francis, a symbolic figure of (someone who has lived) a poor but honest life and (upheld) neighborliness, will be an opportunity to deliver the message of love and peace to the northeast Asian region.”
In February, Pope Francis signed a decree recognizing the martyrdom of Paul Yun Ji-Chung and 123 companions, clearing the way for their beatification. The martyrs were among an estimated 10,000 Catholics in Korea killed for their faith between 1785 and 1888.
Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul said the people of South Korea appreciate the pope’s willingness to “travel so far to be with Asian youth and Korean Catholics,” according to the Korean news agency Yonhap. The trip will be a “big pleasure” and “blessing” for the nation.
The news service quoted Bishop Peter Kang U-il of Cheju, president of the bishops’ conference, as saying the pope’s decision to visit “the divided Korean Peninsula as the destination of his first Asian trip” was motivated in part by a desire to pray for peace and reconciliation.
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VATICAN CITY — When temptation comes your way, don’t try to dialogue or argue with the devil, Pope Francis said, but seek refuge and strength in the words of the Bible.
Addressing tens of thousands of people gathered for the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square March 9, Pope Francis spoke about the Gospel of Matthew’s account of Jesus’ temptation in the
“The tempter tried to divert Jesus from the Father’s plan, which was the path of sacrifice and love, of offering himself in expiation, and instead convince him to take the easy way of success and power,” the pope said.
Each time the devil tempts Jesus, asking him to transform stones into bread, throw himself from the top of the temple and see if angels would rescue him, or worship Satan in exchange for earthly power, Jesus responds by reciting Scripture, the pope said.
“He doesn’t dialogue with Satan like Eve” did in the Garden of Eden, the pope said. “Jesus knows well that you can’t dialogue with Satan because he is so cunning.”
“Remember this,” Pope Francis told the crowd, “at times of temptation, in our temptations: No arguments with Satan; defend yourselves with the word of God.”
Pope Francis said Lent is a time for everyone to set out on the path of conversion and to prepare to renew their baptismal promises, including “renouncing Satan and all his works and his seductions, because he is a seducer, in order to walk the pathways of God.”
The pope also asked those gathered in St. Peter’s Square to pray for him and his collaborators in the Roman Curia during their March 9-14 Lenten retreat.
With more than 80 cardinals, archbishops and other top officials of Vatican offices, Pope Francis boarded a bus in the late afternoon to travel the 20 miles to a retreat house in Ariccia for joint reflection, prayer and silent meditation.
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NEWARK – When his team needed him most, Donte DiVincenzo rose to the occasion. In the end, Salesianum cut the nets down for the first time, winning the Delaware boys basketball championship with a 50-45 win over St. Georges Saturday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Center.
The Sals jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the first five minutes, and the sellout crowd, which included hundreds of white-shirted Salesianum students and a sizable number of alumni, sensed something special. St. Georges, however, found its footing, and with a minute and a half to go in the third, the Hawks took their first lead. Salesianum rebounded for a one-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, but the Sals’ faithful needed more. Read more »
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Most people don’t know Sister Carroll Juliano yet, but her work has a major impact on how the Catholic Church operates in Delaware and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Sister Carroll is coordinator of Safe Environments in the diocese, charged with ensuring the safety of children while they are involved in church activities and with educating those children on the elements that comprise a safe environment. Read more »
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