Pope at welcoming ceremony in South Korea
Media playback is unsupported on your device

Pope Francis arrives in South Korea for first Asia trip

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.

  • 14 Aug 2014
Go to next video: Pope meets Sudan 'apostasy' woman