South Korea's president has met with Pope Francis in a private audience, and his office says that the pontiff indicated his willingness to visit North Korea.
Moon's spokesman also quoted the Pope as saying that he "strongly" backed the peace process, telling the South Korean leader to "march ahead without stopping", adding: "Do not be afraid".
An invitation for then-Pope John Paul II to visit the country after a 2000 inter-Korean summit never resulted in a meeting. North Korea does not allow priests to be permanently stationed there, and there is little information on how many of its citizens are Catholic or how they practise their faith.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walks with President Donald Trump, left, during a break in talks at their historic US-North Korea summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore, June 12, 2018. He was set to hold a summit with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte later in the day.
Kim told Moon during their most recent meeting that he wished for the pope to visit North Korea, according to the Blue House, South Korea's presidential office and residence.
"If the invitation comes, I will surely respond to it, and I can possibly go", the pope responded, according to the South Koreans.
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During a nine-day tour of Europe, the President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, made a stop in the Vatican.
In a statement, the Vatican said: "Strong appreciation was expressed for the common commitment to fostering all useful initiatives to overcome the tensions that still exist in the Korean peninsula, in order to usher in a new season of peace and development".
The Vatican previously has said a papal trip to North Korea may first require the nation to incorporate changes such as allowing for freedom of religion.
The first reading from the Book of Deuteronomy - in which God promises the people of Israel that although they are "dispersed to the farthest corner of the heavens, even from there will the Lord, your God, gather you" - reflects the prospects of peace between North and South Korea, he said.
Following his meeting with the pope, Moon held a separate meeting with the Vatican's Secretary of State Pietro Parolin.
Religious agencies have estimated the number remaining from the few hundreds to about 4,000.