Pope at welcoming ceremony in South Korea
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Pope Francis arrives in South Korea for first Asia trip

14 August 2014 Last updated at 04:47 BST

Pope Francis has arrived in South Korea for a five-day visit. It is his first trip to Asia since he became the pontiff in March 2013.

The Catholic Church asked the North Korean government whether a delegation could cross the border to take part but the invitation was rejected.

The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, in Seoul, says the Catholic Church in South Korea has grown enormously since the last visit by a pope in 1989 and it is a significant visit.