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Bishop: Possible pope trip to North Korea 'a gigantic step'

AP  |  Vatican City 

A South Korean says a visit by to would mark a "gigantic step" for peace on the peninsula but that there are many issues about religious freedom that must be resolved.

South Korean Moon Jae-in is expected to relay North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's invitation for to visit the atheist country when Moon meets with next week.

The of Daejeon, South Korea, Monsignor Lazarus You Heung-sik, told Vatican reporters Thursday that it would be "beautiful" if Francis could visit but that "some things must change" a reference to the lack of priests or religious freedom in the North.

But he added: "If the pope goes there he will make a gigantic step, a qualitative step for the

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 19:15 IST