Pope pushes dialogue with Asian nations like China, North Korea
Published on Aug 17, 2014 11:28 AM
HAEMI, South Korea (AFP) - Pope Francis on Sunday championed a "creative" Catholicism in Asia that reflects the region's diversity, and urged countries like China and North Korea to respond by fostering a proper dialogue with the Vatican.
In a speech to Catholic bishops from 22 Asian countries, the Pope said the Church had no choice but to adapt when communicating its message across a region of dramatic contrasts.
"On this vast continent, which is home to a great variety of cultures, the Church is called to be versatile and creative," he told the bishops at a martyrs' shrine some 150km south of Seoul on the penultimate day of a visit to South Korea.
It is the first papal visit for 15 years to Asia - a region the Vatican sees as having enormous growth potential to offset dwindling numbers in the United States and Europe.
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