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The Pope took a love message to South Korea

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Francisco asked reject "inhuman economic models"

"We are concerned about the growing inequality in our society between rich and poor. See signs of idolatry of wealth, power and pleasure, obtained a high life for men price," said Francisco during his speech to 6,000 young Catholics Asia in his second day of visit to South Korea.

The JJA, five-day, is headquartered in Solmoe Shrine, the birthplace of the first Korean priest Andrew Kim Tae-gon, in said town of Dangjin.

This meeting is the Asian equivalent of the World Youth Day (WYD) Catholic and first held in 1999 in Hua Hin, Thailand, with the goal of connecting young Catholics world's most populous continent, with about 137 million followers of this creed.

During the meeting the pope said in English, after being received with great enthusiasm samples attendees that "it's like a spiritual desert was spreading everywhere," which found that "also affects young people, stealing their hope and, in many cases, even life itself. "

Attendees, who wore T-shirts of different colors depending on their country of origin or parishes, deployed a battery of smart phones with pictures to immortalize the arrival of the Pope to the tent where the meeting took place, one of the most important of its visit.

The ceremony was enlivened by performances that mixed traditional, musical theater and more contemporary sounds, and interventions of three young Hong Kong, Cambodia and South Korea who asked the pope about their problems and concerns both spiritual and social.

Francisco, after a while doing his speech in English reading efforts, spontaneously replied in Italian, paperless, and encouraged them to when in doubt, "all they have to do is listen to the Lord and ask him to help" .

The Pope called for a moment of silence to pray for the people of North Korea, "for God to help them become one family again, no winners or losers," the news agency EFE reported.

The Sixth Day of Catholic Asian Youth end on Sunday with a closing Mass offered by the pontiff Haemieupseong Fortress, a historic space next to the Martyrs Shrine in the town of Haemi Seosan, 150 kilometers southwest of Seoul.

traslation: Belén Zapata