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Pope Francis holds mass in South Korea

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 01:42

Pope Francis holds mass and attends a youth event in South Korea where he gives his first address in English. Julie Noce reports.

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Pope Francis held mass Friday for some 50,000 Catholics at a stadium in South Korea. The festive crowd waved handkerchiefs and wore cardboard hats with the words "Viva il Papa Francesco" Later in the day Francis spoke to thousands of young people during a Catholic Asian Youth Day event at a venue that apparently was quite warm. (SOUNDBITE) (English) POPE FRANCIS SAYING: "I want to thank you for your warm welcome. Very warm, eh?" In his first major speech in English, the pontiff urged the young people to open their hearts to Christ. (SOUNDBITE) (English) POPE FRANCIS SAYING: "Today, Christ is knocking at the door of your heart, and of my heart. He calls you and me to rise and to be wide awake and alert to see the things in life that really matter." This is the first papal visit to Asia since Pope John Paul II went to India in 1999. It's also the first time a pope has been allowed fly over Chinese airspace. Despite that gesture of goodwill from China, experts say his visit probably won't do much to help thaw chilly relations between Beijing and the Vatican. In fact, officials say Chinese authorities barred a group of Chinese Catholics from attending the events in South Korea. But for the tens of thousands of Catholics who participated, the pope's presence was a once in a lifetime event. Francis will spend five days in South Korea. Early next year he's expected to visit Sri Lanka and Philippines.

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Pope Francis holds mass in South Korea

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 01:42