Pope Visits Korea

Many peo­ple are say­ing that Pope Fran­cis’ visit to South Korea, today through Mon­day, could have an impact well beyond the approx­i­mately ten per­cent of the country’s pop­u­la­tion that for­mally belongs to the Catholic church.
One of the poor­est coun­tries on earth at the end of the Korean War, today Korea’s edu­ca­tional sys­tem is labeled as one of the best in the world, and the coun­try is home to some of the globe’s most pow­er­ful multi­na­tional cor­po­ra­tions such as Sam­sung and LG.
The offi­cial motive for the visit is a gath­er­ing of Asian Catholic youth known as “Asian Youth Day,” a much smaller ver­sion of the church-sponsored “World Youth Day” that took Fran­cis to Brazil last July.