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Inter-Korean Summit: Pope Appeals for 'Concrete Journey of Reconciliation'& 'Transparent Dialogue'

Assured his “personal prayer” and “the closeness of the whole Church” to the Korean people “who long for peace”

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For the upcoming Inter-Korean Summit, Pope Francis has appealed for a ‘concrete journey of reconciliation’and ‘transparent dialogue.’
The Holy Father did so during his General Audience this morning in St. Peter’s Square. The Summit is scheduled for April 27, 2018 in Panmunjon, with the leaders of South and North Korea, Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un.
This meeting, the Pope said, “will be a good opportunity to launch a transparent dialogue and a concrete journey of reconciliation and renewed brotherhood, in order to guarantee peace in the Korean Peninsula and in the whole world.”
The Holy Father expressed his “personal prayer” and “the closeness of the whole Church” to the Korean people “who long for peace”.
The Holy See, he expressed, “accompanies, supports and encourages every useful and sincere initiative to build a better future, the emblem of the encounter and friendship between peoples”.
“To those who have direct political responsibilities, I ask you to have the courage of hope, by making yourselves artisans of peace.” He also urged them to “pursue confidently the path undertaken for the good of all.”
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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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