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Pope Francis Marks First Anniversary of Panmunjom Declaration

‘Through patient and persistent efforts, the pursuit of harmony and concord can overcome division and confrontation.’

Pope Francis on April 27, 2019, released a video message to the people of Korea on the first anniversary of the signing of the Panmunjom Declaration between the North and South.

Following is the text of the video, provided by the Vatican:

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Dear Friends,

I am happy to offer cordial greetings on this first anniversary of the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity, and Unification of the Korean Peninsula. May this celebration offer hope to all that a future based on unity, dialogue, and fraternal solidarity is indeed possible. Through patient and persistent efforts, the pursuit of harmony and concord can overcome division and confrontation. I pray that this anniversary of the Panmunjom Declaration may bring about a new era of peace for all Koreans. Upon all of you, I invoke an abundance of divine blessings.

© Libreria Editrice Vatican

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