Pope invites Korean 'comfort women' to Mass

Comfort women

Korean women forced to work at Japanese military brothels during World War II have been invited to a Mass by Pope Francis, the Global Post reports.

The Pope will celebrate the Mass on August 18 during his trip to South Korea, Yonhap News Agency reported Monday, citing an announcement by the preparatory committee for the Pope's visit.

Efforts are also being made to arrange for the Pope to have a chance to see the victims of sexual enslavement, euphemistically called 'comfort women,' said an official of the committee in a meeting with South Korean media outlets.

Pope Francis is expected to deliver a message to the comfort women -- many of whom are Catholic -- in the Mass at Myeongdong Cathedral in central Seoul to pray for peace on the Korean Peninsula, according to Yonhap.

It appears no specific plan has so far been made for the Pope and the women to meet alone and details of how the meeting would be arranged, such as if the Pope would have a chance to talk to the women, remain unknown.

The committee is planning to tell the Pope about the women's participation in the mass ahead of the August 14-18 trip, according to Yonhap.

A meeting between the highly popular head of the Church and the comfort women, if realised, will likely draw public attention worldwide.


"Comfort women" invited to Mass by Pope Francis during August visit (Global Post)


Silence broken, Korean comfort women (IMDB)

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