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Pope Francis praises historic Trump-Kim meeting at the DMZ

Pope Francis on Sunday praised President Trumps historic handshake with Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone that divides the Korean peninsulas — saying he hopes the meeting leads to peace.

“In the last few hours we saw in Korea a good example of the culture of encounter,” the pontiff told thousands of people gathered in St. Peters square for his weekly address and blessing.

“I salute the protagonists, with a prayer that such a significant gesture will be a further step on the road to peace, not only on that peninsula, but for the good of the entire world,” he said.

Earlier Sunday, Trump became the first sitting US president to set foot in North Korea when he met the hermit nations leader in the DMZ between the two Koreas and both sides agreed to resume nuclear talks, which had stalled.

The pope has made many appeals for reconciliation between the two Koreas and Vatican officials have said he would consider a trip to North Korea if it would help the cause.

The pontiff has previously been critical of Trumps policies, including

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