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Pope's South Korea visit highlights Vatican's growing focus on Asia
Pope's South Korea visit highlights Vatican's growing focus on Asia

Pope Francis arrived in South Korea on Thursday on his first visit to Asia as pontiff, a sign of the growing importance the church is placing on the continent, where Roman Catholics are a small but growing minority. Before the pope’s departure from Rome, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's secretary of state, told the Holy See’s television network that  “the pope is going there to address the entire continent, not just Korea.” Pope Francis is to spend five days in South Korea on the first papal visit to Asia since John Paul II traveled to India in 1999. After his plane arrived Thursday morning, the pope was driven into Seoul,...

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