Pope holds first public mass in South Korea

Pope Francis urged Asia's Catholic youth to renounce the materialism that afflicts much of their society at his first public mass in South Korea. The Pontiff is currently on a tour of the country.

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Huge crowds for South Korea Pope Mass

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Vast crowds gathered in Seoul's Gwanghwamun Square in South Korea as Pope Francis delivered a beatification mass for 124 Catholic martyrs.

Beatification is the last step before sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church.

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In his homily before a crowd of hundreds of thousands, Francis said the martyrs' courage and charity and their rejection of the rigid social structures of their day should be an inspiration for people today.

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