- Jun 20, 2021
The South Korean bishops’ conference has called for an end to the death penalty, and asked the nation’s Constitutional Court to consider whether capital punishment violates South Korea’s constitution.
An Iranian student who converted to Catholicism in South Korea has obtained refugee status through the efforts of Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul and the man’s classmates.
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.
As nuclear negotiations with North Korea continue, Catholics in South Korea are encouraging devotion to their martyr saints and renewing prayers for peace on the peninsula.
Pope Francis expressed his support for Yemeni refugees in South Korea by sending funds from papal charities.