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Korean press, population overtaken by 'Pope Francis Syndrome'

Updated: 2014-08-20 06:36:06 KST
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The first papal visit. to Korea in 25 years is sure to remain in the hearts of Koreans for quite some time.

Throughout his five-day trip, Pope Francis' down-to-earth personality and Heart-felt gestures were a fixture on the front pages.
Most of them point out his humility and care, and say Korea has fallen deeply in love with the pope.
One headline reads,. "The pope who likes children stops 10 times to bless them" and another says,
"Pope stops to console the families of the victims, the bereaved hope for changes in politics."
And in reference to his final mass on Monday, when Pope Francis took the time to speak with the victims of sexual slavery during wartime, THIS headline reads, "Seven former sex slaves sit in front, pope takes care of the weak until the end."

The comments on Twitter ECHOED these sentiments.
Korean users cheered the Argentinean pope for listening to those who have largely gone silent in society.
This tweet here reads, "Korean citizens appreciate the pope's humble nature, which is something Korean citizens want from their own leaders."
Another tweet says the pope is a leader who truly unifies.
And this one says that the pontiff is a leader the people can lean on. The Twitter user goes on to say that he wants the so-called "Pope Francis Syndrome" to linger

And on the streets,. people,largely,. agreed.


"It was impressive to see the pope holding hands with the families of the victims of the Sewol-ho ferry disaster."


"I visit Kkottongnae Village often. It was very touching that he met with the disabled there."


"I was touched to see the pope riding in such a compact car at a time when so many people are materialistic."

The pontiff's inaugural trip to Korea lasted just five days, but his outreach to those who are suffering and to those that can help them left a definite impression.
Connie Kim, Arirang News.


Reporter : connie1223@arirang.co.kr

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