Pope Francis tells S. Korean president he’ll travel to N. Korea for ‘cause of peace’ if invited — RT World News

Following a meeting at the Vatican, South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s office has stated that Pope Francis said he would visit North Korea for “the cause of peace” if invited, to help improve the pair’s relations.

Moon, in Rome for the G20 Summit, presented Pope Francis with a cross made of barbed wire from the Korean peninsula’s demilitarized zone before asking the Catholic leader to make a special visit to Pyongyang to help with the peace process.

After the private meeting, which lasted around 25 minutes, Moon’s office confirmed on Twitter that the South Korean leader had stated that: “If Your Holiness has the opportunity and pays a visit to North Korea, it will build momentum for peace on the Korean Peninsula.”

Pope Francis responded. “he would gladly visit”To help “the cause of peace”He will accept an invitation if it is extended to him. “brothers who speak the same language,” according to Moon’s office.

Vatican confirmed that the Vatican was addressing this topic. “reconciliation between Koreans”Together with possible efforts to help, these were discussed at the meeting. “peace and development”Promoting “fraternity”The peninsula. is also available
South Korea, Vatican work together to arrange papal trips to Pyongyang. Seoul intelligence chief

Back in July, the head of South Korea’s intelligence service, Park Jie-won, confirmed that plans were underway to arrange a visit by Pope Francis to North Korea. Park stated that he’d met with Archbishop Kim Hee-jung of Gwangju and the Vatican’s ambassador to the country to discuss the topic, but did not specify a timeline for the trip.

The pontiff could make Pyongyang his first visit. It would mark the first papal visit ever to North Korea’s reclusive state. North Korea does not permit public religious activities, but guarantees citizens freedom to practice their faith. It’s not known how many Catholics are in North Korea. 

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