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Pope Francis plans to visit North Korea

The pontiff can visit North Korea in the spring of 2019
17:31, 15 October 2018

Radio Vaticana

Pope Francis expressed a desire to visit North Korea in the spring of 2019. This was stated by the chairman of the South Korean Democratic Party, Lee Hwe Chan, reports Yonhap. “I heard talks that Pope Francis wants to visit North Korea in the spring of next year,” he said during a meeting with senior party members.

However, at the same time, politician did not disclose the sources of his information.

As you know, the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has invited Pope Francis to Pyongyang.

Earlier Pope Francis delivered an address to the members of the mafia during his visit to Sicily, BBC reports.  

In particular, the pontiff in his speech said that the members of the organized crime, most of them go to church and openly demonstrate their religiousness, they can't believe in God and be Mafiosi at the same time. 

'A person who is a Mafioso does not live as a Christian because with his life he blasphemes against the name of God," Pope Francis said, before pleading: "Change, brothers and sisters! Stop thinking about yourselves and your money... Convert yourselves to the real God.'

The outlet also noted that Pope Francis arrived in Palermo, the capital of Sicily to pay homage to Father Giuseppe Puglisi who was shot dead by the mafia in Sicily 25 years ago after he entered into an open confrontation with the organized crime, which controlled the city.  

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