The Apostolic Nuncio to Korea and Mongolia, Archbishop Alfred Xuereb hailed Tuesday’s “truly historic” summit between the leaders of the U.S. and North Korea, saying the Church is “full of hope and confidence” but warning we’re still at the beginning of a long process. In the wake of this historic summit and the more conciliatory climate engendered by it, His  Grace Archbishop Xuereb said that “the Church prays for the evangelization of North Korea.”

As reported by Vatican news, His Excellency Xuereb remarked that “The Korean people and the local Church had been anxiously awaiting these truly historic events. We are hopeful because this beginning was very positive, very good and we’ve moved from rhetoric and words like fire and fury and the complete devastation of North Korea to more conciliatory words that speak about peace.”

Saying the Church in Korea is living these events “with great faith,” the Nuncio described how the Catholic Cathedral in Seoul has been holding special prayers for peace and reconciliation every Tuesday. He also said the Catholic Bishops of Korea have proposed a novena from the 17th to the 25th of June to pray for peace, reconciliation and unity on the Korean peninsula.