Papal visit underscores religious divide in Koreas

Pope Francis is greeted by the faithful upon his arrival for the Mass of Assumption of Mary at a stadium in Daejeon, south of Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. North Korea has Catholics. It even has a Catholic church. But while Pope Francis is being welcomed by millions of South Korean Catholics, Christianity has been largely quashed north of the border and as a string of recent arrests suggest would-be missionaries there face severe risks amid a North-South religious divide that is perhaps wider than ever. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, Pool) TOKYO (AP) — Yes, North Korea has Catholics. It even has a Catholic church.

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