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Pope to Honor SKorea Martyrs in Move Making Visit More Likely

Saturday, 08 Feb 2014 08:04 AM

VATICAN CITY  — A trip to South Korea this summer by Pope Francis is looking more likely after he approved honoring 124 Koreans as martyrs.

The Vatican said Saturday Francis has confirmed that the Koreans, among more than 10,000 killed for their faith in their homeland between 1791 and 1888, deserve to be beatified. Beatification is the last formal step in the Catholic church before sainthood.

Last month, the Vatican has said a papal trip to South Korea in August was under consideration.

AsiaNews, the news agency of the Vatican's missionary division, said Francis' approval of the beatification decree makes a papal trip to South Korea "increasingly likely." It said Aug. 15 was the likely date for the beatification ceremony.

Francis has a Middle East pilgrimage scheduled for late May.

Also on Saturday the pontiff met with a group of Sri Lankan immigrants living in Italy and accepted an invitation to visit their country, without however specifying when the trip might take place.

Pleading for reconciliation in Sri Lanka nearly five years after the end of a bloody separatist war, the pope said: "It is not easy, I know, to heal the wounds and cooperate with yesterday's enemy to build tomorrow together, but it is the only path that gives hope for the future, hope for development and hope for peace."
 
“I ask the Lord to grant you the gift of peace and reconciliation," he said in an audience at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

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