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  • Pope wants China dialogue, freedom for church

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis says he wants dialogue with China and the only thing he asks in return is for the Catholic Church to be able to operate freely. The pope told reporters the church "only asks to have freedom to do its work. No other conditions." "The Holy See is open...

  • Rick Warren hopes to expand ministry in Africa

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The American evangelical pastor Rick Warren, who visited Rwanda this week, told The Associated Press that he hopes to expand his ministry to East Africa. "I could take you to 10 million villages in the world, and the only thing in them is a church," Warren said in a phone...

  • AP Analysis: Pope gets crash course on Korea issue

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The heads of AP's Rome and Seoul bureaus look at the achievements and lessons of Pope Francis' trip to South Korea: ___ THE VIEW FROM THE PAPAL PLANE In a whirlwind five-day trip to South Korea, Pope Francis beatified 124 martyrs, kissed almost as many babies and...

  • Pope urges "fraternal" dialogue with China, others

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis made a new gesture of outreach to China and North Korea on Sunday, saying he "earnestly" hopes to improve relations and insisting that the Catholic Church isn't coming in as a "conquerer" trying to take away the identity of others. Francis outlined his...

  • Who stopped China Catholics going to South Korea?

    BEIJING (AP) — Days after Chinese officials blocked Catholics from seeing the pope in South Korea, it's still unclear who was behind the action or why it was taken. Experts on the Chinese church said the travel bans were likely the work of overzealous local Communist Party bureaucrats...

  • Pope runs late, asks to skip prayers _ or else!

    KKOTTOGNAE, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis has long been a stickler for setting aside enough time to pray, getting up at 4:30 a.m. to ensure he isn't rushed through his daily meditations. But he sheepishly asked to skip evening vespers on Saturday after he ran behind schedule during a busy day...

  • Pope makes strong, silent anti-abortion statement

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis has generally avoided hot-button "culture war" issues like abortion, arguing that the church's doctrine on the sanctity of life is well-known and that he'd rather emphasize other aspects of church teaching. But he made a strong, albeit silent anti-abortion...

  • Huge crowds greet pope at martyr beatification

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis beatified 124 Korean martyrs on Saturday, telling hundreds of thousands of people who turned out for his open-air Mass that their ancestors' willingness to die rather than renounce their faith two centuries ago was a model for Asian missionaries today. The...

  • Papal visit underscores religious divide in Koreas

    TOKYO (AP) — Yes, North Korea has Catholics. It even has a Catholic church. But while Pope Francis is being welcomed by millions of South Korean Catholics, Christianity has been largely quashed north of the border and, as a string of recent arrests suggest, would-be missionaries there face...

  • Pope makes tough sell on materialism in SKorea

    DAEJEON, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis urged Catholic youth on Friday to renounce the materialism that afflicts much of Asian society today and reject "inhuman" economic systems that disenfranchise the poor, pressing his economic agenda in one of the region's powerhouses where financial gain...

  • Pope's South Korea visit brings China opportunity

    BEIJING (AP) — Pope Francis' greeting to Chinese President Xi Jinping as he flew to South Korea on Thursday marked a rare cordial exchange between the sides, which have no diplomatic relations and are embroiled in a sometimes bitter contest for authority. However, any goodwill generated was...

  • Pope's small car fascinates South Koreans

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis' choice of wheels during his five-day South Korean visit has surprised many in this painfully self-conscious country, where big shots rarely hit the streets in anything but expensive luxury cars. After his arrival Thursday, the pope left the airport in a...

  • Many Muslim leaders have denounced the Islamic State

    On Sunday, Pope Francis expressed "dismay and disbelief" over the Islamic State militia's atrocities and genocide in Syria and Iraq.

  • Pope appeals to UN to end tragedy in Iraq

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is increasingly indicating support for military action in Iraq to protect Christians and other religious minorities from persecution by the Islamic State. On Wednesday, the Vatican released a letter Pope Francis sent to the U.N. secretary-general renewing his...

  • Martyrs and peace with Pyongyang top pope's agenda

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' five-day visit to South Korea will be the first time in a quarter-century that a pope has been on the divided Korean peninsula. Francis plans to bring a message of peace and reconciliations to Koreans on both sides of the 38th parallel, while encouraging...



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