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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.

Pope Francis (centre) speaks during a meeting with Catholic bishops from 22 Asian countries at a martyrs' shrine some 150 kilometres south of Seoul on Aug 17, 2014, on the penultimate day of a visit to South Korea. 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. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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