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Work against fear, hatred, pope tells South Korean religious leaders

North Koreans watched a news report of an intermediate-range ballistic missile launch on a big screen at Pyongyang station in Pyongyang, North Korea, Aug. 30.

VATICAN CITY — The day before North Korea detonated what it said was a hydrogen bomb, Pope Francis urged religious leaders from South Korea to dedicate their words and actions to building peace and harmony.

"We are called to be heralds of peace, proclaiming and embodying a nonviolent style, a style of peace, with words clearly different from the narrative of fear and with gestures opposed to the rhetoric of hatred," the pope said Sept. 2.

Just-war tests not met in North Korea situation, ethicists say

Lightning struck Aug. 8 near Minot Air Force Base in Minot, N.D. The Pentagon put all U.S. military installations on alert in August in the wake of North Korea’s threats about using missiles.

WASHINGTON — The just-war criteria that would justify armed conflict with North Korea over its nuclear testing and threats to launch missiles have not been met, said ethicists interviewed by Catholic News Service.

Those criteria include right intention, last resort and proportionality.

"Preventive war in North Korea would be morally unjustifiable," said Gerard Powers, director of Catholic Peacebuilding Studies at the University of Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. "That's what the Trump administration is proposing — the preventive use of military force.

Catholics on Guam stay centered in Christ amid threats by North Korea

Msgr. James Benavente blessed a boy after Mass Aug. 13 at Santa Barbara Church on the island of Guam. Leaders of the Catholic Church in Guam have called for residents to remain centered in the peace of Christ in the wake of threats from North Korea.

HAGATNA, Guam — The Catholic Church on Guam is urging its members and all people on the island to be prayerful and stay centered in Christ amid threats of missile attacks by North Korea.

Coadjutor Archbishop Michael J. Byrnes of Agana asked priests to promote prayers of peace at all Masses Aug. 13 as tensions continue, following threats by North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un to attack this American territory in the Marianas Islands.

Korean bishop: North Korea's threats might be attempt to increase aid, save pride

MANILA, Philippines -- The head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea said North Korea's recent threats of aggression may be an attempt to shore up foreign aid while preserving pride.

"It is our presumption that they wish to draw out some financial assistance from abroad without conceding their pride or self-esteem," Bishop Peter Kang U-Il of Cheju, South Korea, said in an April 9 email to Catholic News Service.

He said Catholic bishops "feel very sorry" that tension provoked by North Korean threats are making "the whole world very uncomfortable and anxious."

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