Monday, May 25, 2015Monday, May 25, 2015

Pope agrees to Sri Lanka trip, honours Korean martyrs

Published on Feb 9, 2014 1:01 AM

VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Francis on Saturday turned his focus to Asia, announcing a possible trip to Sri Lanka and approving the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs.

The beatification ceremony for Mr Paul Yun Ji-chung and his 123 fellow martyrs - who were killed for their Catholic beliefs between 1791 and 1888 - will take place in South Korea on Aug 15, the Vatican said in a statement.

The ceremony could well be attended by the pontiff himself after the Vatican last month said Francis was considering a trip to South Korea to coincide with Asian Youth Day in mid-August.

Also on Saturday the pontiff met with a group of Sri Lankan immigrants living in Italy and accepted an invitation to visit their country, without however specifying when the trip might take place.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!