Vatican City, Oct 11, 2018 / 13:00 pm
There must be "some sort of religious freedom" in North Korea before a papal visit to Pyongyang, a South Korean bishop said Thursday.
Bishop Yoo Heung Sik of Daejeon, who has made multiple trips to North Korea on behalf of the South Korean Bishops Conference, originally welcomed the news that South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and Chairman Kim Jong Un had discussed inviting Pope Francis to visit the DPRK during their meeting in late-September.
"It would be a giant step forward for peace on the Korean peninsula," Bishop Yoo told reporters at an Oct. 11 Vatican press conference.
The bishop cautioned that "in order for him [Pope Francis] to go there, some things in North Korea should change."