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Pope Francis receives cross made from barbed wire from North Korean border

Pope Francis received a cross made from barbed wire from the demilitarized zone that divides North Korea and South Korea on Friday.

The cross was a gift from South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who met with Pope Francis on Oct. 29 shortly before the pope’s meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden.

During their meeting at the Vatican, Moon invited the pope to visit North Korea. According to the South Korean president’s spokesperson, Park Kyung-mee, the pope responded that he would be willing to go if he received an official invitation from North Korea.

The cross given to the pope is one of 136 crosses created from melted-down barbed wire from the demilitarized zone (DMZ) to represent the 68 years that the Korean peninsula has been divided.

An accompanying message written in Spanish expressed the South Korean president’s hope that the crosses would be a symbol of peace.

Read more at Catholic News Agency

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