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.
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