Kim Jong-un wants the pope to visit North Korea, South Korean officials have claimed. According to the South Korean presidential office, Kim told President Moon Jae-in last month that Pope Francis would be welcomed ‘enthusiastically’ in his nation. Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said the South Korean leader will then deliver the invitation when he meets the pope during a scheduled trip to Europe next week.
Moon is primarily attending the Asia Europe Meeting in Belgium but he will also make stops in France, Italy and Denmark, his office said. ‘President Moon will visit the Vatican on Oct. 17 and 18 to reaffirm its blessing and support for peace and stability of the Korean peninsula,’ the spokesman said today.
‘Especially when he meets with Pope Francis, he will convey Chairman Kim’s message that he will ardently welcome him if he visits Pyongyang.’ North Korea and the Vatican currently have no formal diplomatic relations. According to the constitution in North Korea, freedom of religion is guaranteed so long as it does not undermine the state