North Korean chief Kim Jong Un is formally inviting Pope Francis to go to Pyongyang.
Kim Eui-kyeom, a spokesman for South Korean President Moon Jae-in instructed reporters Tuesday that President Moon will ship the North Korean chief’s invitation when he visits the pontiff on October 17. Throughout their summit in Pyongyang final month, Kim Jong Un instructed President Moon of his want for Pope Francis to go to the North.
Moon’s viewers with Pope Francis will happen throughout a nine-day tour of Europe which incorporates stops in Denmark, France and Italy.
Kim Jong Un’s invitation to the bishop of Rome is the newest in a collection of overtures he has undertaken this yr to convey his impoverished nation out of diplomatic isolation, together with three summits with President Moon and his historic assembly in June with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore.
Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il, invited then-Pope John Paul II to North Korea in 2000, however the assembly by no means occurred. North Korea’s structure permits for freedom of faith, however worship is tightly restricted to state-sanctioned establishments.