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Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Holy See Secretary of State.

In speech on North Korea, Cardinal Parolin calls for cooperation and friendship

Sep 2, 2021

By Courtney Mares

He highlighted St. John XXIII as a model for today’s Vatican diplomacy. Read more

North Korean flags in Pyongyang.

Pope Francis in Pyongyang? An intelligence chief is working to make it happen

Jul 7, 2021

By Courtney Mares

No pope has ever visited the “hermit kingdom.” Read more

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

Jan 13, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Aug 13, 2020

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

Jul 9, 2020

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

Jun 25, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Jun 30, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

Apr 27, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

Feb 27, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

Dec 25, 2018

By Courtney Mares

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

Oct 18, 2018

By Courtney Mares

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

Oct 9, 2018

By Courtney Mares

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

Sep 20, 2018

By Courtney Mares

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

Jul 6, 2018

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

Jun 21, 2018

By Elise Harris

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

Jun 16, 2018

By Courtney Mares

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

Jun 12, 2018

By Courtney Mares

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

May 17, 2018

By Courtney Mares

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

May 9, 2018

By Courtney Mares

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

May 5, 2018

By Courtney Mares

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