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Pope Francis called the recent meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un “a further step on the path of peace.”

The Holy Father’s comments came from his midday Angelus address on Sunday to the Faithful in Saint Peter’s Square. He said the unexpected diplomatic meeting in Korea at the DMZ was an example of the “culture of encounter.”

“In the last few hours we have witnessed a good example of the culture of encounter in Korea.”

Pope Francis sent his greetings to the two, and prayed that meeting furthers the cause of world peace.

“I greet the protagonists, with the prayer that this significant gesture constitutes a further step on the path of peace, not only on that peninsula, but in favor of the whole world.”

In October of last year, Pope Francis received a formal invitation by Kim Jong-un to visit the country’s capital, Pyongyang.

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