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Report: North Korea, Nigeria among the worst countries for Christian persecution

For the twentieth year in a row, North Korea tops the list of countries where Christians face oppression, according to... Read more

Korean cardinal to consecrate Pyongyang Diocese to Mary on Assumption

The Archbishop of Seoul, Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, has announced that he will consecrate the Diocese of Pyongyang to Our... Read more

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Press North Korea more on human rights, less on denuclearization says federal commission

A federal commission is calling on the U.S. to push for greater respect for human rights in North Korea, in... Read more

Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul speaks at a press conference on Feb. 25, 2014.

Catholics pray for reconciliation on 70th anniversary of the Korean War

Korean Catholics marked the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War -- a war which never technically ended... Read more

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump meet at the DMZ separating the South and North Korea on June 30, 2019.

As Trump and Kim meet in North Korea, Pope Francis prays for peace

Pope Francis prayed for peace and the successful outcome of the meeting Sunday between US President Donald Trump and North... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Nov. 8, 2017.

Pope Francis sends message of peace to the Korean peninsula

Pope Francis sent a video message Saturday to the leaders of South and North Korea expressing his hope for a... Read more

US President Donald Trump (R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un sit for a dinner at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi, Feb. 27, 2019.

South Korean bishop weighs in on Trump-Kim summit

As U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meet in Vietnam this week, a South Korean archbishop... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Christmas "Urbi et Orbi" blessing Dec. 25, 2018.

Pope’s Christmas Wish: Peace & brotherhood in world’s conflicts

On Christmas, Pope Francis prayed for peace and renewed brotherhood in Syria, Yemen, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and other parts of the... Read more

Mr Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea meeting with Pope Francis.

Pope Francis & South Korean president pray for peace

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in met with Pope Francis today after praying for peace on the Korean peninsula in St.... Read more

Kim Jong Un invites Pope Francis to meet in Pyongyang

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has invited Pope Francis to meet in Pyongyang, a South Korean spokesman said Tuesday.... Read more

Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul says Mass at the Seosomun Martyrs' Shrine in Seoul, Sept. 14, 2018.

Catholics in Korea look to martyrs amid nuclear negotiations with Pyongyang

As nuclear negotiations with North Korea continue, Catholics in South Korea are encouraging devotion to their martyr saints and renewing... Read more

The flags of North and South Korea.

Vatican diplomat hopeful about prospect of peace on Korean peninsula

The Vatican's top diplomat expressed hope Thursday that efforts to bring lasting, stable peace on the Korean peninsula will bear... Read more

The flags of North and South Korea.

Pope Francis meets with North, South Koreans in Geneva

In a move aimed at bridging political as well as ecumenical divides, Pope Francis during a day-trip to Geneva met... Read more

North and South Korea flags.

Novena for North Korea sheds light on issues beyond denuclearization

Following two historic summits involving North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un, South Korea’s bishops are calling on Catholics to pray... Read more

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with US President Donald Trump at the start of the US-North Korea summit, on Sentosa Island, Singapore, June 12, 2018.

Korean bishops call for prayer amid ‘joy’ after Trump-Kim North Korea summit

At a highly-anticipated summit on June 12, President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un signed a joint-statement making commitments... Read more

Letter asks Trump to remember political prisoners in North Korea negotiations

As President Donald Trump prepares for a historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, religious freedom advocates are... Read more

North Korean flies in Pyongyang.

Religious freedom efforts in the spotlight as North Korean prisoners freed

The release of three American prisoners from North Korea was hailed as an important first step in addressing abuses within... Read more

Balancing human rights with peacebuilding efforts in North Korea

The potential release of three American prisoners from North Korea’s labor camps – reported to be “imminent” – would be... Read more

Posters of South Korean President Moon Jae-In and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un during a rally on April 26, 2018 in Seoul.

Bishop: With historic Inter-Korean Summit, 'God answered our prayers'

Local bishops called the Inter-Korean Summit an answered prayer after the leaders of the two Koreas signed a peace agreement... Read more