Pope indicates willingness to visit North Korea
VATICAN CITY — South Korea’s president has met with Pope Francis in a private audience, and his office says that the pontiff indicated his willingness to visit North Korea.
The South Korean presidential office said in a statement Thursday that President Moon Jae-in “conveyed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s desire for a papal visit to North Korea.” A formal invitation directly from North Korea will follow.
The office said Francis said that “if the invitation comes, I will surely respond to it, and I can possibly go.”
Kim initially indicated his desire for a papal visit during a Korean summit last month.
If it materializes, such a visit would be the first by a pope to North Korea. /ee
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