Ahead of the Pope's five-day visit to Korea later this week, the Catholic Church in Korea released a special statement on Tuesday.
“I think the Pope's traveling to Korea, the farthest eastern part of Asia,.. because the Pope wishes to pray for peace on the Korean peninsula and in Asia."
The Pope's visit aims to embrace people who are suffering.
"Pope Francis always reaches out to people in need of help and those who are suffering. I believe the pope will deliver a message of consolation and of hope to those whose hearts have been broken.. in the spirit of Saint Peter."
During his trip, the Pope plans to meet with people from diverse walks of life, including Korean victims of Japan's wartime sex enslavement and the bereaved families of those who died in April's ferry disaster.
"And now with only a couple of days until the Pope's visit, the country is in full swing preparing for the Holy Father's visit. The preparatory committee says, extreme care will be paid to protecting the 77-year old Pope, and they are going over his schedule and the rehearsals for events."
An official media center has been set up at a short distance from Myeongdong Cathedral.
It will be open from Wednesday through Monday for the some 28-hundred reporters from all the world, who are covering the papal visit.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.