800,000 present as pope moves 124 martyrs closer to sainthood

Pope Francis arrives to celebrate the Aug. 16 beatification Mass of Paul Yun Ji-chung and 123 martyred companions in Seoul, South Korea. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)  SEOUL, South Korea – Pope Francis placed 124 Korean martyrs on the last step toward sainthood in a beatification Mass Aug. 16 that brought elation to the 800,000 people in [...]

Pope Francis talks in flight about airstrikes in Iraq, his health, possible U.S. visit

Pope Francis speaks to journalists aboard the papal flight from Seoul, South Korea, to Rome Aug. 18. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)   ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM SEOUL, South Korea – Pope Francis said the use of force can be justified to stop “unjust aggressors” such as Islamic State militants in northeastern Iraq, but he declined [...]

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