Ecumenical Patriarch to pray for inter-Korean peace

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I stated on December 4 that the Church will continue to pray for peace between the two Koreas.

During the meeting with reporters in Seoul, the patriarch said the Church prays for the separated families from the two Koreas as well, YonHap News Agency reports.

The two countries technically remain at war as the 1950-1953 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

The patriarch also said President Moon Jae-in is making various moves for the reconciliation of the two Koreas and that he will pray for such efforts so that unification can take place within his term.

Bartholomew plans to visit the presidential office on Friday and to visit the demilitarized zone of the two Koreas on Saturday before his departure.

The patriarch said he plans to express support for Seoul’s efforts to build peace on the Korean peninsula during his meeting with Moon.

Photo credit: Robert Erik Spyridon Lionberger/Orthodox Metropolis of Korea

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