Pope's Itinerary in Korea Announced

      June 19, 2014 12:45

      Pope Francis

      Pope Francis will arrive in Korea on Aug. 14 and spend five days here, the Vatican said Wednesday. The motto of his visit is "Rise Korea, clothe yourself in light, the Lord's glory shines upon you," it added.

      The pope will celebrate Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium for young Catholics attending World Asian Youth Day.

      He will preside over a beatification ceremony in Gwanghwamun, Seoul for Paul Yun Ji-chung and other 123 Korean Catholic martyrs, where around 200,000 people are expected to attend.

      Francis will visit a Catholic charity village for the homeless and sick in Eumseong, North Chungcheong Province and celebrate a mass for peace and reconciliation before returning on Aug. 18.

      The pope will also meet the families of the April 16 ferry victims to offer his condolences, and pay a visit to President Park Geun-hye.

      He will be staying at the Embassy of the Holy See during his visit and use a helicopter when traveling outside Seoul.

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