North Korea reportedly invites the Pope to Pyongyang 

Chloe Taylor
Key Points
  • Kim Jong Un has reportedly invited Pope Francis to visit North Korea. 
  • The announcement was made by the South Korean presidential office on Tuesday. 
  • South Korean President Moon Jae-in will deliver the message when he visits the Vatican next week. 
Kim Jong Un waves before departing Pyongyang to Singapore on June 10, 2018.
KCNA | Reuters

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited Pope Francis to visit Pyongyang, according to the South Korean Yonhap news agency.

The South Korean presidential office made the announcement Tuesday during a press briefing on President Moon Jae-in's visit to Europe next week. His trip will include a visit to the Vatican on October 17 and 18, Yonhap reported.

"Chairman Kim said he will 'ardently welcome the Pope if he visits Pyongyang'," said Kim Eui-kyeom, a spokesperson for the presidential office said.

Yonhap reported that Moon will deliver the message from the North Korean leader when he meets with the Pope. Read the full report here.