- Jun 14, 2021
The Vatican’s top diplomat expressed hope Thursday that efforts to bring lasting, stable peace to the Korean peninsula will bear fruit.
While visiting Geneva for a session with the World Council of Churches, Pope Francis greeted delegations from both North and South Korea.
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.
Korea’s path to peace is still in its infancy and will be long and filled with obstacles – according to the new papal representative to South Korea – but recent developments are a cause for hope.
Two days before the summit between South and North Korea, Pope Francis called it an opportunity for “transparent dialogue.” Moon Jaei-in and Kim Jong Un will meet on Friday, in what will be the first time since the Korean war that the leader of the north enters the south.
Bishop Peter Lee Ki-heon of Uijeongbu has been waiting years for this moment, with the leaders of the two divided Koreas poised to meet for a historic summit just inside South Korean territory April 27.
Mi Jin Kang, a North Korean convert who escaped to South Korea, discusses her conversion.
Despite these efforts at peacebuilding, “nothing will come from it” unless more freedom is given to the North’s oppressed Christian community, according to Open Doors, a leading Christian human rights organization.