N. Korea’s Kim has invited the Pope, says South

Oct 09, 2018, 7:15 AM EDT
No pope has ever visited North Korea.
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South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in, who is due to visit the Vatican next week, said that the North’s leader Kim Jong-un has invited Pope Francis to Pyongyang.

The invitation by Kim is seen as a reconciliatory gesture by North Korea, which has no diplomatic ties with the Vatican and has been criticized for its skepticism of foreign missionaries and undermining religious freedom, notes the BBC.

The invitation to Pope Francis is the latest in a series of diplomatic efforts by N. Korea, including the historic Singapore summit with U.S. President Donald Trump earlier this year along with three summits with the South, writes Reuters