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Francis in Korea

North Korean Catholics will not attend papal reconciliation Mass

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North Korea has declined an invitation by South Korean Catholics to participate in a Mass to be celebrated by Pope Francis at the end of his five-day visit.

Francis is scheduled to celebrate a Mass for peace and reconciliation Aug. 18 on the Korean Peninsula at Myeong-dong Cathedral in central Seoul. Catholic church officials in Seoul extended several requests to Pyongyang to send a delegation of believers to attend the event. 

Almost 100 bishops to accompany Pope Francis to South Korea

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Approximately 90 bishops from around the world will accompany Pope Francis on his visit to South Korea next month, the preparation committee for the papal visit said Monday.

"Some 90 bishops, including 30 in the pope's entourage and 60 from other Asian countries, will attend various events during the pope's visit to South Korea," the committee told reporters.

Papal visit to South Korea: Legacy of martyrs, lay leadership lives on

When Pope Francis visits South Korea Aug. 14-18, he will find a Catholic church that exemplifies much of what he hopes for the church around the world, including a highly active laity, extensive efforts to help the needy and strong relations with non-Christian communities. So says a retired American missionary who spent nearly half a century building up Catholicism in the country.

North Koreans invited to Seoul papal mass

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 South Korea has invited members of the Catholic community of North Korea to participate in the Mass that Pope Francis will celebrate in Seoul during his visit to South Korea, set for Aug. 14 to 18, according to Fides News.

The move was confirmed by Fr. John Bosco Byeon, Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Korea and Under Secretary of the Korean Episcopal Conference. According to the reports, South Korean Catholics met North Korean Catholics in Shenyang, China May 18th and 19th, and invited them to attend the papal Mass.

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