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Thursday, 14 August 2014 - 11:09
Pope Francis visits South Korea in first Asia trip
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Pope Francis has landed in South Korea, beginning his first visit to Asia since he took over the papacy in March 2013.

During his trip, he will beatify Korean Catholics who died for their faith and attend a Catholic youth festival.

The South Korean Catholic Church is one of the fastest growing in the world, with just over 5.4 million members, some 10.4% of the population.

Shortly before the Pope arrived, North Korea fired three short-range rockets off its east coast.

Pope Francis is due to visit again in January when he travels to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, one of only two Asian countries with a Catholic majority - the other being East Timor.

 
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