The Pope spoke out in favour of peace in the Korean peninsula on Easter Sunday, minutes before giving the crowd the Urbi et Orbi blessing in St Peter's Square in Vatican City.
In a brief speech that used the resurrection of Jesus Christ as a metaphor, he called for world leaders who will meet with North Korea's authorities and the hermit country's leader Kim Jong-un to work towards peace.
He said: "We pray for the seed of Jesus to bear fruits of dialogue for the Korean peninsula so that the talks taking place in this period will promote harmony and peace within the region.
"We pray so that those who have direct responsibilities in this will act with judgement to promote a relationship of trust within the international community".
Pope Francis, who didn't name any of the leaders involved in the talks with North Korea, may have referred to the meeting between Kim and Chinese Presiden Xi Jinping which took place earlier this month and the one announced between the North Korean leader and US President Donald Trump.iPhone transfer software Related articles
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