Pos­si­ble pope trip to N. Korea ‘a gi­gan­tic step’

Medicine Hat News - - FAITH -

VAT­I­CAN CITY A South Korean bishop says a visit by Pope Fran­cis to North Korea would mark a “gi­gan­tic step” for peace on the penin­sula.

South Korean Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in is ex­pected to re­lay North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s in­vi­ta­tion for Fran­cis to visit the athe­ist coun­try when Moon meets with Fran­cis next week.

The bishop of Dae­jeon, South Korea, Mon­signor Lazarus You He­ung-sik, told Vat­i­can re­porters Thurs­day that it would be “beau­ti­ful” if Fran­cis could visit but that “some things must change” — a ref­er­ence to the lack of priests or re­li­gious free­dom in the North.

But he added: “If the pope goes there he will make a gi­gan­tic step, a qual­i­ta­tive step for the Korean penin­sula.”

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