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Pope Francis hopes Korean summit talks will start dialogue for peace

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience on Wednesday (Andrew Medichini/PA) Photo: AP/Press Association Images

Pope Francis has urged all those taking part in the “two Koreas” summit to have the courage to be “artisans of peace”.

The pontiff on Wednesday asked for prayers for “both those of the South and of the North” of Korea.

He said the meeting this week on the Korean Peninsula was an opportunity to start dialogue.

The meeting room for the April 27 summit between South and North Korea (AP) Credit: The meeting room for the April 27 summit between South and North Korea (AP)

US-allied South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet on Friday in the Demilitarised Zone between the Koreas.

The summit that could pave the way for US President Donald Trump’s planned meeting with the North Korean dictator.

Francis, speaking at the Vatican, called the summit “a favourable occasion to start a transparent dialogue and a concrete route toward reconciliation and regained brotherhood with the aim of guaranteeing peace on the Korean Peninsula and in the entire world”.