Pope Francis begins first visit to Asia
August 14 , 2014
Pope Francis has started his South Korean visit in what is his first trip to Asia as pope, as per media reports.
On the pope’s agenda will be the beatification of 124 Korean Catholics and attending a youth festival of Catholics.
The country’s Catholic Church has more than 5.4 million members, constituting over 10.4% of South Korea’s population.
While travelling to South Korea, Pope Francis in a telegram message to the leadership of China extended his “best wishes to your Excellency and your fellow citizens.”