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Security tight for Pope's visit to South Korea

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Making his first trip to Asia, Pope Francis arrived in South Korea on Thursday, where around 10 percent of the population is Catholic.

His five day visit – the first by a pontiff in 25 years – will include celebrations to mark the 6th Asian Youth Day.

Pope Francis was greeted by South Korean President Park Geun-hye as well as several senior local Catholics.

He also met relatives of the victims of a ferry disaster which killed more than 300 people in April.

It is reported that North Korean officials declined an invitation to send a delegation to attend a Mass during the Pope’s visit.

Security is tight around a venue in Seoul where Pope Francis will lead a ceremony to beatify more than 120 Korean martyrs.

Christianity is growing in popularity with an estimated 100,000 Koreans join the Catholic Church each year.