Pope Francis to visit Korea in AugustUpdated: 2014-03-11 14:33:44 (KST)
Pope Francis will pay a visit to Korea in the summer.
The Vatican and the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea confirmed Francis will arrive in Korea on August 14th and spend five days here, on the invitation of both the Korean government and the Korean Catholic Church.
"Pope Francis of the Catholic Church will visit Korea from August 14th to the 18th."
During his trip, Pope Francis will attend the 6th Asian Youth Day event -- a festival of Asian Catholic followers from several nations -- in the central city of Daejeon, and also preside over a beatification ceremony of 1-hundred-24 Korean martyrs who were killed during the Joseon Dynasty for their beliefs.
The pope will also pay a courtesy call to President Park Geun-hye.
Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, who heads the seoul diocese, said the papal visit would be "big pleasure" and "blessing" for Korea.
The presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae also welcomed the visit, saying it could bring reconciliation and peace to the Korean Peninsula.
"We hope Pope Francis' trip will provide an opportunity to spread a message of love and peace not only on the Korean Peninsula but across Northeast Asia."
Pope Francis will become the third pope to visit Korea, and the first since Pope John Paul II came in October 1989.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.