Oct 09, 2018

Kim Jong-un invites Pope Francis to Pyongyang

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has invited Pope Francis to visit the country, South Korea's presidential office has announced.

The invitation to visit the capital city, Pyongyang, will be delivered by South Korean president Moon Jae-in who will be in the Vatican next week as part of a trip to Europe.

This is not the first time a pope has been invited to North Korea.

North Korea and the Vatican have no formal diplomatic relations.

"During the meeting with Pope Francis, [Mr Moon] will relay the message from chairman Kim Jong-un that he would ardently welcome the Pope if he visits Pyongyang," Mr Moon's spokesman, Kim Eui-kyeom, told reporters.

The invitation is the latest reconciliatory gesture from North Korea.

(BBC News)

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