Pope greets, consoles Korean ‘comfort women’

Pope Francis consoles  and receives a present from a former comfort woman, Bok-dong Kim whose ages is 88.
Pope Francis consoles and receives a present from a former comfort woman, Bok-dong Kim whose ages is 88.
A gift to the Pope Francis, painted by passed comfort woman, Soon-duk Kim, titled, 'Flower failed to blossom'.
A gift to the Pope Francis, painted by passed comfort woman, Soon-duk Kim, titled, ‘Flower failed to blossom’.
Pople Francis who visited S.Korea for 5 days.
Pope Francis who visited S.Korea for 5 days.

Pope Francis has blessed and consoled a group of women who were used as sex slaves for the Japanese military during World War II.

Francis greeted each of the seven women, most in wheelchairs, at the front of Seoul’s main cathedral Monday at the start of his final Mass for peace and reconciliation on the Korean peninsula.

He was given a pin from one of them which he immediately pinned to his vestments and wore throughout the Mass.

In an interview with The Associated Press ahead of the encounter, Lee Yong-soo, 86, said she hoped the meeting would provide some solace for the pain she and the other “comfort women” still feel more than seven decades after they were forced into sexual slavery.

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