Seoul (Agenzia Fides) - The summit in progress in Pyongyang and the relative declaration co-signed by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean president Moon Jae-in generate hope and enthusiasm in the Korean population.
Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, Archbishop of Seoul and Apostolic Administrator of Pyongyang, commenting favorably on the fruits of the summit, said: "I am very pleased and inspired by the joint declaration made known today, 19 September, which can to be summarized mainly in the permanent denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. I hope this news can be the best gift for all Koreans, waiting for the Chuseok, the Korean Thanksgiving feast, one of the biggest feasts in Korea. I sincerely pray that South Korea and the North can make a leap forward for peace and advance in bilateral relations through today's agreement".
In this delicate moment, in which the situation of inter-Korean relations seems to evolve positively, in an atmosphere of dialogue and trust, it is important to accompany the whole process with prayer, underlines the Archbishop of Seoul: "Pope Francis - he continues - assured His prayers for Korea I ask not only the Korean faithful, but all the people of God in the world to join us and to pray for authentic peace and reconciliation on the Korean peninsula. May God's mercy accompany all those who are involved in the summit in Pyongyang ".
The Cardinal concludes: "As Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Pyongyang, I also pray to see the day when the sisters and brothers of the North and South can unite and celebrate a Holy Eucharist together". (PA) (Agenzia Fides, 19/9/2018)