- Catholic News Agency - Sunday, August 10, 2014

Vatican City - During his upcoming trip to South Korea, Pope Francis will pray for the unborn at the “Cemetery for Aborted Children” as part of his visit to the Kkottoghnae Home for the sick.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi also noted in an Aug. 8 press conference that the pope will deliver his addresses in English and will follow local customs such as removing his shoes before entering certain places.

The Kkttongnae Home, located in the Diocese of Cheongju in South Korea, was created in 1976 by Father John Oh, the founder of the Kkottongnae Brothers and Sisters of Jesus. The priest was inspired by a beggar named Choi Gwi Dong to feed 18 other sick beggars despite his own physical handicaps.

It offers assistance to the homeless, disabled individuals and alcohol addicts. Currently it can serve about 5,000 people.

The Cemetery for Aborted Children is located behind the home and includes a statue of the Holy Family surrounded by crosses representing the unborn.

Announced by the Vatican in March, the pope’s Aug. 13–18 trip follows an invitation from the president of the Korean Republic, Park Geun-hye, and the bishops of Korea.

Following the motto “Rise Korea, clothe yourself in light, the Lord’s glory shines upon you,” the pope’s visit begins with his evening departure from Rome Wednesday.


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