|South Korea||CHURCH LEADERS WELCOME SOUTH-NORTH SUMMIT|
South Korean Catholic leaders have welcomed the announcement of a summit meeting of North and South government leaders to be held in June, marking a historic breakthrough after half a century of division.
"I hope the summit will be an occasion to turn a half-century of conflict and animosity on the Korean peninsula into peace, reconciliation and cooperation," Auxiliary Bishop Peter Kang Woo-il of Seoul said on Tuesday.
On Monday, the governments in Pyongyang and Seoul announced that South Korean President Kim Dae-jung will visit North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in June. Apostolic Nuncio to South Korea Archbishop Giovanni Morandini said he hoped the summit would give hope to North Koreans facing starvation.