Nuncio in Korea: Singapore summit is truly historic

Wednesday 13 June 2018

Vatican News

The Apostolic Nuncio to Korea Archbishop Alfred Xuereb comments on the outcome of the summit between the US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The Apostolic Nuncio to Korea and Mongolia, Archbishop Alfred Xuereb hailed Tuesday’s ‘truly historic’ summit between the leaders of the U.S. and North Korea, saying the Church is ‘full of hope and confidence’ but warning we’re still at the beginning of a long process.

Long and arduous road

Speaking from Seoul in an interview with Vatican News, Archbishop Xuereb said that the Korean people and the local Church had been anxiously awaiting ‘these truly historic events.’ He described the summit between US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as ‘marking an important page at the beginning of a long and arduous road’ (towards peace).

At the same time, said Archbishop Xuereb, ‘we are hopeful because this beginning was very positive, very good’ and we’ve moved from rhetoric and words like ‘fire and fury’ and ‘the complete devastation of North Korea’ to more conciliatory words that speak about peace.

Novena for peace

Saying the Church in Korea is living these events ‘with great faith,’ the Nuncio described how the Catholic Cathedral in Seoul has been holding special prayers for peace and reconciliation every Tuesday. He also said the Catholic Bishops of Korea have proposed a novena from the 17-25 of June to pray for peace, reconciliation and unity on the Korean peninsula.

In the wake of this historic summit and the more conciliatory climate engendered by it, Archbishop Xuereb said the Church prays for the evangelization of North Korea.

‘The Holy See wishes to offer its support to any initiative in favour of dialogue and reconciliation and also take advantage of this to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to North Korea,’ he said.
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