Kim Jong-un says Pope welcome in North Korea

Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in met in April in the demilitarised zone between the two Koreas (CNS/Korea Summit Press Pool)

When South Korean President Moon Jae-in visits Pope Francis this month, he will carry a message from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Source: Vatican News.

The Pope will receive Mr Moon in the Vatican on October 18, Greg Burke, the director of the Holy See’s Press Office said in a brief statement yesterday.

He also said that on October 17, Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, will preside over a “Mass for Peace” on the Korean Peninsula in Rome’s St Peter’s Basilica, in which Mr Moon will participate.

Meanwhile, Mr Moon's spokesman, Kim Eui-kyum, while announcing the official visit of Mr Moon to Pope Francis, specified that the President will also carry a message from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to the Pope. Mr Kim shared a part of Kim Jong-un’s message saying that if the Pope visits Pyongyang he would accord him a warm welcome.

Pope Francis has been closely following developments in the Korean Peninsula. He visited South Korea in 2014 for the 6th Asian Youth Day.

He dedicated his Mass on the final day to reconciliation on the peninsula, urging all Koreans to reject a “mindset of suspicion and confrontation” and find new paths to build peace.

Pope Francis has also backed peace talks between the two Koreas and between North Korea and the United States.

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