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Pope calls on Koreas to avoid fruitless shows of force

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By NICOLE WINFIELD and JUNG-YOON CHOI

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He said diplomacy must be encouraged so that listening and dialogue replace “mutual recriminations, fruitless criticisms and displays of force.”

Here's to hope they listen to him. Those principles don't apply only to their position vis a vis North Korea (hint).

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South Korea’s church, which has been growing steadily over the last half century, is seen as a model for the future. Local church officials hope for a continuing increase in believers in a country that once welcomed missionaries to help spread the faith but now sends its own priests and nuns abroad to evangelize in other countries.

Park credited Catholics in South Korea with playing a big part in making the country what it has become: South Korea has risen from poverty, war and dictatorship into Asia’s fourth biggest economy. She called the Korean martyrs “pioneers who spread freedom and equality,” and said their sacrifice helped develop Korean society.

Truly inspiring. SK can look at itself and objectively judge its history, both good and bad. A sign of a mature society.

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