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Korean officials 'very nervous' about security for papal visit

Catholic World News - June 30, 2014

Government officials in South Korea are "very nervous" about security arrangements for an August visit by Pope Francis, the AsiaNews service reports.

The Pope will be in South Korea for Asia World Youth Day and the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs. The dramatic highlight of his visit will be a Mass celebrated in Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul. Police are expected to restrict access to the Square, which will accommodate about 200,000 people.

Korean officials have pressed for tight security around the Pope, AsiaNews reports. Pope Francis has declined to travel in bulletproof cars in the past.

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