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A coin to commemorate Pope’s first Asian trip

(Vatican Radio) South Korea's central bank said Thursday it will release a set of commemorative coins to celebrate Pope Francis' upcoming visit to the country next month.

The Pope is scheduled to visit South Korea on Aug. 14-18, during which he will conduct four Masses, including one for the beatification of 124 Korean Catholic martyrs and another for a gathering of Catholic youths in Asia.

It is his first visit to Asia.

Pope Francis prays for success of Ordinariate’s Exploration Day

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has said he is praying for the success of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham's forthcoming "Called To Be One" exploration day, which it has planned with the aim of increasing understanding of the Ordinariate's purpose and reaching out to those who may feel called to join it.

The endorsement was delivered in a letter from the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, to Monsignor Keith Newton, the Ordinary of the Ordinariate.

Telegram for the aviation accident in Magong

Vatican City, 24 July 2014 (VIS) – Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin has sent a telegram on behalf of Pope Francis to the archbishop of Taipei and president of the regional Conference of bishops of China, John Huong Shan-chuan, with reference to the accident that occurred at Magong airport, Taiwan, in which a TransAsia Airways aircraft had to make an emergency landing, resulting in 48 deaths and leaving 10 injured.

Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim meets Pope Francis

(Vatican Radio) Meriam Ibrahim, the woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to renounce her Christian faith, arrived Thursday in Italy and met with Pope Francis in the Casa Santa Marta. During the meeting, she was accompanied by her family: Husband Daniel Wani,  Martin (a year and a half), and Maya, born in prison two months ago.

Her family was accompanied by the Italian Deputy Foreign Minister, Lapo Pistelli, who helped arrange her departure from Sudan and travelled with her to Italy.

Cardinal Filoni sends a message to the bishops of AMECEA


Dear Brothers and sisters in the Risen Lord Jesus Christ,

Pope Francis sends telegram of condolence for Taiwan air disaster victims

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a telegram of condolence to the families of victims of an air disaster in Taiwan.

The ATR-72 operated by Taiwan's TransAsia Airways was carrying 58 passengers and crew when it crashed into houses on the Penghu island chain in the Taiwan Strait between Taiwan and China late Wednesday, authorities said. The plane was on a flight from the city of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan.

Below the text of the papal telegram:

The Most Reverend John Hung Shan-chuan

Archbishop of Taipei


Vatican rep to UN addresses rights situation in Palestine

(Vatican Radio) The Permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations organs in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, delivered a statement during a special session of the UN's Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. Below, please find the full text of his remarks in English.


Statement by H.E. Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, Permanent Representative of the Holy See

Pope's friendship with late Evangelical leader Tony Palmer

(Vatican Radio) The Vatican’s Council for Christian Unity has sent a message of condolences following the sudden death of an Evangelical leader with whom Pope Francis became friends during his time as archbishop of Buenos Aires. Bishop Tony Palmer, the international ecumenical officer of the Communion of Episcopal Evangelical Churches and founder of the online Ark Community, died on Sunday following a motorbike accident near his home in the south of England.

Listen to Philippa Hitchen's report:

Pope Francis to visit Catholics and Evangelicals in Caserta

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis will visit the southern Italian city of Caserta later this month to meet with both Catholic and Evangelical leaders there. Fr Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See’s press office, announced on Thursday that the Pope will travel by helicopter to the city on the afternoon of Saturday July 26th for a meeting with the clergy of the diocese, followed by an open-air Mass in front of the famous Royal Palace known as the Reggia di Caserta.

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