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· Holy Father's trip to Korea illustrated to journalists ·

Over 18,700 kilometers to be traveled; ten flights, two by airbus and eight by helicopter. Estimated flight time more than 26 hours -- all in six days – from 13 to 18 August. These are the figures for Pope Francis' trip to Korea, the third outside of Italy since the beginning of his Pontificate. On Thursday, 7 August, Fr Federico Lombardi, Director of the Vatican Press Office, reported this in a briefing for journalists attending the papal flight. The Jesuit focused on the three main issues that inspired this trip: participation in the sixth Asian Youth Day in Daejon; the will to meet a Church which is very dynamic (growing by an average of one hundred thousand baptized every year) and that within a few years has reached 10 percent of the Korean population (comprised of about 50 million individuals); and prayer for peace for the entire Korean peninsula, which is split in two and has been living in a state of constant conflict since the 1950s.

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