Vatican City, Jun 30, 2019 / 04:30 am America/Denver (CNA).
Pope Francis prayed for peace and the successful outcome of the meeting Sunday between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the DMZ.
“In the last few hours we have witnessed a good example of the culture of encounter in Korea,” Pope Francis said June 30 at the end of his Angelus address.
“I greet the protagonists, with the prayer that this significant gesture constitutes a further step on the path of peace, not only on that peninsula, but in favor of the whole world,” the pope said.
Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to set foot in North Korea when he crossed the demarcation line that divides the Korean peninsula in the demilitarized zone, or DMZ, June 30.
In an unexpected meeting at the DMZ -- seemingly the result of a Twitter invitation from the American president to the North Korean dictator a day prior -- Trump and Kim spoke for nearly an hour and agreed to resume nuclear negotiations.