Outgoing South Korean Ambassador to the Holy See Lee Baek-man (R) meets with Pope Francis on Oct. 23, 2020. (Photo: Yonhap News)
Pope Francis has reaffirmed his willingness to visit North Korea with the goal of establishing peace on the Korean Peninsula.
According to the Holy See Embassy in Seoul, Francis made the remark during a closed-door meeting with former South Korean Ambassador to the Holy See Lee Baek-man last month before the end of his term.
In October 2018, during President Moon Jae-in's visit to the Vatican, the pontiff said he would visit the North and indicated that he wanted an official invitation.
A month prior, regime leader Kim Jong-un said he would warmly welcome Pope Francis after it was suggested by Moon.
At the time, the Pope mentioned the courage of the two Korean leaders in their denuclearization efforts.
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