Pope Francis discusses Korean peninsula's peace and reconciliation with President ParkUpdated: 2014-08-14 16:47:34 (KST)
For more, we are going to connect to our presidential office correspondent Choi You-sun .
You-sun, what else can you tell us about the meeting between the pope and President Park?
Following talks with Pope Francis, President Park referred to his will to bring peace and reconciliation on the divided Korean peninsula, and said she believes the latest papal visit would help pave the way to open an era of reunification.
President Park, who back in March proposed increasing humanitarian aid to the North and people-to-people exchanges between the two sides to better prepare for reunification, said Pyongyang, for its part, should stop its nuclear weapons program.
She then asked Pope Francis to continue praying for those in conflict to forgive, those divided to unite and for Koreans to work towards a unified Korea.
Pope Francis recognized efforts here in South Korea to achieve reconciliation and stability on the peninsula, and talked about the importance of understanding and cooperation in achieving peace.
Pope Francis, who is dedicated to the society's marginalized and those in suffering, then said not meeting their immediate needs, but assisting with their human and cultural advancement, so that their voiced too, can be heard, should be the main goal.
The pope affirmed the Church's commitment to helping Koreans better educate their children, and strengthen solidarity within Korean society.
We've been hearing about his schedule. Tell us more about what we can expect in the coming days.
On the papal itinerary for the rest of the week are: officiating a Mass to celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Friday in central Daejeon, beatifying 1-hundred-24 Korean martyrs in downtown Seoul Saturday, officiating two other Masses, one on Sunday at the closing of the sixth Asian Youth Day and another on Monday on peace and reconciliation at the Myeong-dong Cathedral in Seoul.
The pope, who values looking after the vulnerable and those in suffering, is also expected to meet with the families of April's deadly ferry disaster victims and Korean victims of Japan's wartime sex slavery during his trip.
With President Park due to speak on Friday to mark Korea's liberation from Japan's colonial rule, it will be interesting to see what message the president makes concerning Japan's repeated denials of past atrocities and ways to improve bilateral ties.
This was Choi You-sun reporting on Pope Francis' visit to Korea and I'll be back with more details on our next newscast.
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For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
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