Date
23 October 2017
Pope Francis waves as he boards his plane in Rome Wednesday before leaving for his South Korea trip. Photo: Reuters
Pope Francis waves as he boards his plane in Rome Wednesday before leaving for his South Korea trip. Photo: Reuters

Pope Francis to begin 5-day South Korea trip

Pope Francis will begin a five-day trip to South Korea on Thursday, in what marks his first visit to Asia since he took over the papacy in March last year.

During his trip, he will beatify Korean Catholics who died for their faith and attend a Catholic youth festival, BBC reported.

The Pope will also have an opportunity to address China’s leaders as he flies over the country into Seoul, the report said, noting that the Catholic Church leader traditionally sends telegrams to leaders of nations as he transits their airspace.

The Vatican has no ties with Beijing, and the last time a Pope visited the region, he had to skirt Chinese airspace.

Now, however, in what a Church spokesman has called “a sign of détente” the papal plane has been given permission to use Chinese air space, the report said.

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