8.19
Misc: Pope Francis’ Interview on the Plane Returning from Korea

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America magazine has the full text of Pope Francis’ recent press conference on his return flight from Seoul, South Korea. He said of being Pope, ” I try to think of my mistakes, my sins, so as not to think that I am somebody.” He said of the situation in Iraq, “There are many martyrs . . . not all of them Christian, and they are all equal before God.” Read the whole thing here: Pope Francis’ Interview on the Plane Returning from Korea

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8.16
Misc: Pope Francis Beatification of 124 Korean Martyrs Draws 1 Million

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10,000 Korean Catholics died for their faith in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Pope’s recent beatification of 124 Korean martyrs drew enormous crowds in Seoul, South Korea. Read more and see photos from The Huffington Post here:  Pope Francis Beatification of 124 Korean Martyrs Draws 1 Million. The Wall Street Journal‘s take: Pope Holds Mass to Huge Crowd in Seoul for Korean Catholic Martyrs

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8.14
Misc: Pope Francis Shares Message of Peace in South Korea

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John Allen writes for The Boston Globe about Pope Francis’ arrival in South Korea today and his words of peace and hope. On the way to South Korea he became the first pope to fly over China, a country where 13 million Catholics must live underground because of their resistance to government controls. Read it all here: Pope Francis Shares Message of Peace in South Korea

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2.19
Olympic Figure Skater Hailed as Example for Catholics

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South Korean Olympic figure skater Yuna Kim is a convert to Catholicism, who lives her faith both on and off the ice. In 2012, Kim donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Salesians of Don Bosco to help support the missionary brothers in South Sudan and to establish Catholic schools throughout the war-torn country. Read more from The National Catholic Register here: Olympic Figure Skater Hailed as Example for Catholics. More pictures after the jump:

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