Kim Jong-un Invites Pope to N.Korea

  • By Lee Min-seok

    October 10, 2018 09:13

    President Moon Jae-in will deliver an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Pope Francis when Moon meets the pontiff later this month, Cheong Wa Dae said Tuesday.

    Moon will pay an official visit to Italy on Oct. 13-18 and the Vatican on Oct. 17-18 and hand over the invite, according to presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom.

    Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-joong (right) talks with President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang on Sept. 19. /Yonhap

    During his visit to Pyongyang last month, Moon told Kim Jong-un that the pope has a keen interest in peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula, the spokesman added.

    Kim Jong-un replied that he would warmly welcome the pope if he visits Pyongyang.

    When they climbed Mt. Baekdu together on the last day of Moon's trip to the North, Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-joong promised Kim Jong-un that he would report to the Vatican that the two Koreas are marching toward reconciliation and cooperation, the spokesman added.

    No pope has ever visited North Korea, which suppresses all religions.

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