Pope asks Korean religious leaders to work for peace

(UCAN) Pope Francis asked a group of Korean religious leaders who visited him at the Vatican to “roll up” their sleeves to work toward peace.

Pope Francis received 22 members of the Korean Council of Religious Leaders which included its president Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-joong of Kwangju, at his apostolic palace on Sept. 2.

“The world is looking to us for answers and shared commitment to various issues like the sacred dignity of human person and the rejection of violence,” the pope told the Korean religious leaders.

“Therefore, as heralds of peace, we have a long journey ahead of us which must be undertaken with humility and perseverance, not just by raising our voices but by rolling up our sleeves,” he said.

“We must sow the hope of a future in which humanity becomes more human, a future which heeds the cry of so many who reject war and implore greater harmony between individuals and communities, between peoples and states.”

In addition, the pope stressed the interreligious dialogue to cope with the violence. [More]