|Korea||NORTH KOREA MUST RECOGNISE CHURCH BEFORE PAPAL VISIT - BISHOPS|
Pope John Paul II could visit North Korea only when the communist country recognises the Church's presence and allows resident priests there, according to Catholic bishops in South Korea. |
Archbishop Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk of Seoul said he expects the pope to visit North Korea only when religious freedom there is guaranteed.
He noted that North Korean people are not familiar with such terms as "Church" and "faith."
Auxiliary Bishop Peter Kang Woo-il of Seoul also pointed out that the Pope's pastoral visit could only be realised when the North allows Catholic priests permanent residence.
"The Church should have two components at least -- clergy and laity. But there is not a clergyman there," he said.
|4 July 00|