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04/30/2021 North Korea (International Christian Concern) – During a recent meeting at the Vatican, Pope Francis indicated his willingness to visit North Korea, the most egregious country for persecution of Christians.

South Korean Bishop, Lazarus You Heung-sik, told Yonhap news that Pope Francis is willing to travel to North Korea to meet the Kim regime when he is ready.

UPI reports that the pontiff reportedly said a people with a common ethnicity had lived as a separated family for 70 years. He sympathized with their pain and mentioned the need for peace on the Korean Peninsula after decades of national division.

In 2018, Pope Francis already stated his openness to visiting North Korea if given an official invite, yet the trip never took place. If he does go this time, it would be the first of its kind in a country that is seen as one of the most hostile states to Christianity.

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