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Pope Francis

Pope indicates willingness to visit North Korea

Pope Francis indicated his willingness to visit North Korea during a private audience with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Vatican, Moon's office said Thursday.

The South Korean presidential office said in a statement that Moon "conveyed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's desire for a papal visit to North Korea." A formal invitation directly from North Korea will follow.

The office said Francis responded that "if the invitation comes, I will surely respond to it, and I can possibly go."

Moon's office revealed last week that Kim had indicated his desire for a papal visit during a Korean summit last month.

If it materializes, such a...