- Feb 23, 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.”
Christianity is virtually outlawed in North Korea, where dictator Kim Jong Un is the subject of a personality cult that treats him like a god. This is what North Korean defectors told The Associated Press about the ways North Koreans maintain their beliefs.
North Korea’s treatment of Christians could become a bigger issue if North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s expected second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump produces significant progress, and if Pope Francis follows through on his expressed willingness to take up Kim’s invitation to visit North Korea.
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.