comscore Seoul says Kim Jong Un wants Pope Francis to visit North Korea | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Top News

Seoul says Kim Jong Un wants Pope Francis to visit North Korea

  • POOL VIA AP

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants Pope Francis to visit North Korea.

SEOUL, South Korea >> South Korea says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants Pope Francis to visit North Korea.

South Korea’s presidential office said in a statement Tuesday that Kim told President Moon Jae-in during their summit last month that the pope would be “enthusiastically” welcomed in North Korea.

Kim has been intensely engaged in diplomacy in recent months in what’s seen as an effort to leverage his nuclear weapons program for an easing of economic sanctions and military pressure.

North Korea is officially atheist and strictly controls religious activities.

A similar invitation for then-Pope John Paul II to visit after a 2000 inter-Korean summit never resulted in a meeting. The Vatican insisted that a papal visit would only be possible if Catholic priests were accepted in the country.

Comments (2)

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Terms of Service. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. Report comments if you believe they do not follow our guidelines.

Having trouble with comments? Learn more here.

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature

Scroll Up