Posts Tagged ‘Kim Jong Un’

Poverty, hunger drive suicides in North Korea

Monday, June 12th, 2023

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered local authorities to take suicide prevention measures after various media reports revealed families committed suicide due to hunger and poverty. Kim officially defined suicide as an “act of treason against socialism” and issued a confidential suicide prevention order during emergency meetings of the party leaders all over Read more

“I won’t say no”, Pope Francis on North Korea invitation

Monday, August 29th, 2022
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“When they invite me – that is to say, please invite me – I won’t say no,” Pope Francis replied, when South Korean broadcaster KBS asked if he would go to North Korea. “The goal is simply fraternity,” he added. A papal visit to the isolated country was floated in 2018 when Seoul’s former president Read more

North Korea fires missile ahead of South Korea’s election

Monday, March 7th, 2022

North Korea fired a suspected ballistic missile on Saturday, Seoul’s military said, continuing this year’s record-breaking blitz of weapons tests. The launch came just days before South Korea’s presidential election. From hypersonic to medium-range ballistic missiles, Pyongyang test-fired a string of weaponry in January. Then last week launched what it claimed was a component of Read more

Pope praises Trump meeting with North Korean leader

Monday, July 1st, 2019

In what is being dubbed a “surprising development,” U.S. President Donald Trump Sunday became the first American commander-in-chief to set foot in North Korea, at the invitation of Kim Jong Un. According to Pope Francis, speaking shortly after the meeting, it was an example of the “culture of encounter.” “In the last few hours we Read more

North Koreans can’t sleep while their leader is away

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

North Koreans are pining for their leader and enduring sleepless nights during his week-long trip to Vietnam, if the reclusive country’s state-controlled media is to be believed. According to NK News, some North Koreans have decided to give up alcohol for the duration of Kim’s trip to Hanoi in order to demonstrate their loyalty. Continue reading

Kim Jong-un speaks of Pope visiting North Korea

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Kim Jong-un has spoken of how he would “ardently welcome Pope Francis” if Francis were to agree to visit Pyongyang. His invitation is seen as a gesture designed to highlight peace on the Korean peninsula. South Korean President Moon Jae-in will relay Kim’s desire to host a papal visit when he visits the Vatican later Read more

Korean bishops say prayer led to peace agreement

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Korean bishops say the peace agreement between North and South Korea is an answered prayer. “The Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Reunification on the Korean Peninsula is a historical event. It “opens the era of reunification of the Korean peninsula and is a gospel of hope on this earth,” Archbishop Kim Hee-Jung of Gwangju Read more

New apostolic nuncio to encourage North-South Korea peace

Monday, March 12th, 2018

The new apostolic nuncio to South Korea, Monsignor Alfred Xuereb, will be working towards improving relations between North and South Korea. He will also actively encourage peace initiatives in the region. Monsignor Marco Sprizzi has been in charge of the Nunciature in Seoul since the retirement of Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla last year. He Read more

Catholic church seeks to stop US-North Korea conflict

Monday, August 14th, 2017

The Vatican’s former representative to the United Nations says Pope Francis is closely following the situation between the United States and North Korea. The two countries are trading insults, with North Korea threatening to send four missiles into the sea off Guam, as a response to President Donald Trump’s escalating rhetoric. “The only way forth Read more

Pastor tells Trump God says killing Kim Jong Un is ok

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

A Texan Evangelical pastor, Robert Jeffress, says President Donald Trump has God’s authority to “take out” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “When it comes to how we should deal with evildoers, the Bible, in the book of Romans[13], is very clear: God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary — including Read more