- Jan 28, 2020
After President Donald Trump became the first U.S. president to set foot in North Korea, Pope Francis called the meeting an example of the “culture of encounter.”
Pope Francis indicated his willingness to visit North Korea during a private audience with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Vatican, Moon’s office said Thursday.
South Korea’s president thanked Pope Francis for promoting peace and dialogue on Wednesday as he arrived in Italy for a papal audience, where he’s expected to extend an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for Francis to visit.
South Korean Bishop Lazzaro You Heung-sik said Thursday a visit by Pope Francis to North Korea would help the country enter the international scene.
The Vatican has no immediate comment on a statement from South Korea’s presidential office that the North Korean leader wants Pope Francis to visit officially.
South Korean Archbishop Kim Hee-Jung of Gwangju called the outcome of the U.S.-North Korea summit “a surprise and a joy,” in a June 12 statement.