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VATICAN: Pope Open To Visiting North Korea

The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Parolin (in photo), says a visit to North Korea would require serious preparation and consideration. But it could also “give support to the process of peace and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” The Cardinal Secretary of State confirmed that Pope Francis has expressed “his openness to going to Pyongyang,”

During his visit to the Vatican, the President of South Korea told the Pope that the North Korean President had expressed interest in having the Holy Father visit Pyongyang. 

Cardinal Parolin went on to say that, “once we begin to think seriously about the possibility of this trip,” certain “conditions” will have to be examined before it can happen. The Vatican Secretary of State insists that “a trip of this kind needs serious preparation.”  

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