13 April 2014

Why Pope Francis is going to South Korea

Why Pope Francis is going to South Korea, by John L. Allen, Jr. (Boston Globe, 11 March 2014)

Although Pope Francis has said he doesn’t really like to travel, he’s set to log some serious miles in 2014. He’s already bound for Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Jordan in late May, and on Monday the Vatican announced the pontiff will also visit South Korea August 14-18. Popes receive more invitations to travel than they can possibly accommodate, so they have to be selective. They make outings which underscore their priorities or allow them to make specific points. In the case of Korea, the trip provides Francis a chance to accomplish three things at once.