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Pope Calls For North And South Korean Peace

South Korean President Park Geun-hye (left) walks with Pope Francis before a welcoming ceremony at the presidential Blue House on August 14, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. (Kim Hong-Ji/Getty Images)
South Korean President Park Geun-hye (left) walks with Pope Francis before a welcoming ceremony at the presidential Blue House on August 14, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. (Kim Hong-Ji/Getty Images)

As he opened the first papal visit to Asia in nearly 20 years, the Pope urged dialogue between the long-divided countries.

Pope Francis is in Seoul on the first day of a five-day visit. With more than 5 million members, the Catholic Church is growing in South Korea. About 10 percent of the South Korean population is Catholic.

The BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson from Seoul with details.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

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