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Security tight for Pope's visit to South Korea

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Security tight for Pope's visit to South Korea


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.

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