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Pope meets Korean ferry disaster relatives at public mass

Published on Aug 15, 2014 11:35 AM
 

DAEJEON, South Korea (AFP) - Pope Francis met relatives of South Korea's ferry disaster on Friday as 45,000 people packed into a sports stadium for a mass on the first papal trip to Asia in 15 years.

It was the pope's first public appearance following his arrival in Seoul on Thursday.

The crowd had crammed the World Cup stadium in Daejeon, some 160 kilometers south of Seoul, hours before the pope arrived to conduct the mass.

Among them were 38 survivors and relatives of victims of April's Sewol ferry tragedy in which 300 people died, most of them schoolchildren.

Pope Francis takes part in a mass in front of thousands of followers at Daejeon World Cup Stadium on Aug 15, 2014. Pope Francis met relatives of South Korea's ferry disaster on Friday as 45,000 people packed into a sports stadium for a mass on the first papal trip to Asia in 15 years. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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