Holy Father Pope Francis led thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square in prayers for the success of the inter-Korean summit, scheduled for April 27, 2018. His Holiness Pope Francis explained to the pilgrims in the square that the Holy See “accompanies, supports and encourages every useful and sincere initiative” to build peace and friendship among nations.

As reported by CNS, Holy Father Pope Francis remarked that “The encounter will be an opportune occasion to begin a transparent dialogue and a concrete process of reconciliation and rediscovered fraternity to bring peace to the Korean peninsula and to the whole world. To the Korean people, who ardently desire peace, I offer assurances of my personal prayers and the closeness of the entire church.”

Holy Father Pope Francis concluded his remarks by asking the faithful to pray for the upcoming summit, “I ask you to pray to our Father, God the Father of all, for the Korean people, both those of the South as well as those of the North.”