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Prelates call for international action to liberate Iraq

Pope Francis' personal envoy to the suffering people of Iraq joined the Chaldean Catholic patriarch in launching an appeal to the international community Aug. 18, pleading for help to liberate villages controlled by the Islamic State terrorists and to provide the displaced with international protection.

Iraqi Christians arrive in Jordan with tearful tales of desperation

The first Iraqi Christians fleeing Islamic State militants reached the safety of Jordan, helped by King Abdullah II and Catholic aid groups.

‘We need actions, not words’ to stop militants, says Chaldean leader

As the heart-rending images of Christians and Yezidis fleeing for their lives continue to pour in from Iraq, the Vatican called on Muslim leaders to condemn the "barbarity" and "unspeakable criminal acts" of Islamic State militants in Iraq.

Charity, forgiveness keys to Korean reunification, says pope

God's promise to restore unity and prosperity to "a people dispersed by disaster and division ... is inseparably tied to a command: the command to return to God and wholeheartedly obey his law," Pope Francis told Korean Catholics during a Mass for peace and reconciliation at Seoul's Myongdong Cathedral Aug. 18.

Religious congregations urged to evolve to serve changing church, world

Religious congregations must evolve to meet the needs of a changing society and church, Sister Carol Zinn, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, told members of the organization during its annual assembly Aug. 12-15 in Nashville.

Pope meets and honors Korean laypeople, religious and disabled

Pope Francis visited a set of Korean Catholic institutions exemplifying some of his highest priorities for the church, including engagement of laypeople and dedication to the needy.

Pope calls on Catholics to dialogue with China, other Asian societies

Speaking at the execution site of anonymous Korean martyrs, Pope Francis told Catholic bishops and young laypeople from across Asia to evangelize their continent through dialogue and openness, even with others suspicious or intolerant of the church.

Pope tells Asians to witness to Christ in all aspects of life

Pope Francis told young Asian Catholic leaders to witness to Christ in everything they do.

800,000 watch as pope moves 124 Korean martyrs closer to sainthood

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 attendance.

In South Korea, pope calls for peace, democracy and social justice

Starting his first visit to Asia, Pope Francis urged South Korean political and civic leaders to seek peace on their divided peninsula and strengthen their nation's commitment to democracy and social justice.