President Moon Jae-in, who moved to Glasgow, England, after finishing his trip to Rome, Italy, posted on social media that “Pope Francis has always prayed for peace on the Korean Peninsula and expressed his intention to visit North Korea.” “I believe that the clock for peace on the Korean Peninsula will come back vigorously,” he added. It was again expressed that he was looking forward to the Pope’s visit to North Korea, but the first South Korean Vatican Minister also hinted that he was communicating with North Korea, saying, “I wish I could meet you.”
Reporter Kim So-hyeon from Rome delivered the news.
In June, Archbishop Yoo Heung-sik, the first Korean to be appointed Vatican Minister, met with Korean reporters in the Vatican City.
A question arose as to whether the Vatican and North Korea were in contact.
[유흥식/교황청 성직자성 장관 (대주교) : 이런저런 여러 가지 길을 통해서 교황님이 북한에 갈 수 있는 그런 여건을 만들면서 노력하고 있는 건 사실이고요.]
Although he did not have direct contact, he hinted at indirect communication through the North Korean embassy and UN agencies.
He also said that he wished to meet him if he had a chance.
He also suggested the possibility of providing vaccines, saying that the corona crisis should be used as an opportunity.
[유흥식/교황청 성직자성 장관 (대주교) : 북한이 지금 어떻든 중국 것(백신)을 받아들이지 않고 굉장히 어려운 상황에 있다고 외신들이 전하고 있잖아요. (교황청에서는) 도와줄 수 있는 준비가 돼 있는 것이죠.]
At the G20 meeting, the leaders of each country agreed on the goal of vaccinating 70% of the world’s population by the middle of next year.
In particular, President Moon stressed the need to act quickly to increase vaccination rates in all countries.
(Screen credit: Reporters traveling to Rome)