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Pope Francis indicates willingness to visit North Korea


Pope indicates willingness to visit North KoreaPope indicates willingness to visit North Korea Pope Francis. (Reuters photo)

South Korea’s president has met with Pope Francis in a private audience, and his office says that the pontiff indicated his willingness to visit North Korea.

The South Korean presidential office said in a statement Thursday that President Moon Jae-in “conveyed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s desire for a papal visit to North Korea”. A formal invitation directly from North Korea will follow.

The office said Francis said that “if the invitation comes, I will surely respond to it, and I can possibly go”.

Kim initially indicated his desire for a papal visit during a Korean summit last month. If it materialises, such a visit would be the first by a pope to North Korea.

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