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North Korea seeks Pope Francis visit to Pyongyang

NORTH KOREA has invited Pope Francis to visit Pyongyang, saying the religious leader would be “ardently welcomed”, South Korea’s presidency said on Tuesday. South Korean President Moon Jae-in will be extending the invitation on behalf of his counterpart Kim Jong-un during the former’s visit to the Vatican from Oct 17 to 18. “During the meeting with Pope Francis, he (Moon) will relay the message from chairman Kim Jong Un that he would ardently welcome the pope if he visits Pyongyang,” Moon’s spokesman, Kim Eui-kyeom, told reporters, as quoted by the AFP. Declining to comment on a possible papal trip to Pyongyang, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said: “let’s wait for the invitation to arrive.” SEE ALSO: Empty gesture?: North Korea to allow nuclear inspectors into test site  Moon will be in Europe from Oct 13 to 21 with stops in France, Italy and Denmark as well as the Vatican. The South Korean president, who is scheduled to attend a “peace mass” for the Korean peninsula in Saint Peter’s on Oct 17, has pushed rapprochement with Kim, meeting him three times in the last year. During the latest visit to Pyongyang last month, Moon was accompanied by South Korean Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-joong. ... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, North Korea seeks Pope Francis visit to Pyongyang, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you North Korea seeks Pope Francis visit to Pyongyang

 

 

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Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Wednesday, 10 October

 

 

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