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South Korea Invites North Korean Catholics for Pope's Mass in Seoul
The Korea Herald ^ | 5/27/14 | Yonhap

Posted on 05/27/2014 6:27:24 AM PDT by marshmallow

South Korea has invited members of North Korea's Catholic community to attend the upcoming mass to be held by Pope Francis in Seoul, officials here said Sunday.

They said representatives of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea and the Archdiocese of Seoul met with members of the North Korean Catholic Church in Shenyang, China, on May 18 and 19, and invited them to attend the papal mass.

Pope Francis will celebrate the mass at Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul on Aug. 18 and deliver a message for peace on the Korean Peninsula.

According to officials here, the North Korean representatives said they will carefully consider the invitation.

Pope Francis, who will meet with President Park Geun-hye and attend a gathering of young Catholics during his Aug. 14-18 visit, is the second pope to come to South Korea. Pope John Paul II visited here in 1984 and again in 1989.

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1 posted on 05/27/2014 6:27:24 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Nice gesture but i sure wouldnt show up.


2 posted on 05/27/2014 6:29:59 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver
Nice gesture but I sure wouldnt show up.

I did not know North Korea allowed even a small amount religious freedom. Maybe dear leader is just trying to see who shows up, so they can murder them.

3 posted on 05/27/2014 6:41:59 AM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: marshmallow

Pleasantly surprised to know there are any open Catholics in North Korea. I do wonder whether the N. Korean government will target Catholics who come out in the open for this. Theirs is one of the most brutal, soul-denying, mind-effacing governments on earth.


4 posted on 05/27/2014 7:16:06 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (What does the LORD require of you, but to act justly, to love tenderly, to walk humbly with your God)
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To: driftdiver

The heck you wouldn’t, if I were a N. Korean Catholic I’d do whatever I could to get out of there and into the South, then claim asylum.


5 posted on 05/27/2014 9:52:33 AM PDT by JSDude1 (Defeat Hagan, elect a Constutional Conservative: Dr. Greg Brannon!)
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To: driftdiver

I’m betting many “Catholics” do show up, dressed with bomb belts.


6 posted on 05/27/2014 11:42:31 AM PDT by DPMD
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