18:04 22-09-2014
MAIN Russian
About us On-line subscription
KazakhstanTajikistanUzbekistanKyrgyzstanTurkmenistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
Pope Francis arrives in South Korea for first Asia trip

Bishkek (AKIpress) - 47fbc28bf52cf286af9efb5f3deebf59 Pope Francis has landed in South Korea, beginning his first visit to Asia since he took over the papacy in March 2013.During his trip, he will beatify Korean Catholics who died for their faith and attend a Catholic youth festival.

The South Korean Catholic Church is one of the fastest growing in the world, with just over 5.4 million members, some 10.4% of the population.

North Korea fired short-range rockets off its east coast around the time of the Pope's arrival.

It fired three rockets on Thursday morning as the pope's plane approached South Korean airspace, and another two in the afternoon, according to news agencies.

Pyongyang has engaged in several such launches in recent months in what it says is a response to US and South Korean provocations - in the latest case, a military drill due to start on Monday.


Twitterfacebookprint
12:25 14.08.2014
LATEST NEWS
17:44 Kyrgyz football team loses 1-0 to Vietnam, still reaches playoffs of Asian Games17:30 Kyrgyzstan's swimmer takes 8th place in 100-meter breaststroke within Asiad in Incheon17:30 New Zealand PM plans 2015 referendum on dropping Union Jack from flag17:22 Kazpost delegation visits Netherlands17:22 Police detain resident of Issyk-Ata district on suspicion of systematic raping woman with disability17:18 Kyrgyz government officials to provide information about expenditures of their close relatives for purchase of property17:16 Turkmen authorities of Tejen restrict work of markets due to cotton campaign17:14 New history book about Kazakhstan released in London17:10 Kyrgyz weightlifter takes 6th place at XVII Asiad17:06 Russian Central Bank fines Investment Trade Bank, owner of 90% of Rosinbank shares, for failure to comply with regulations on money laundering counter-action17:01 GM recalls 220,000 cars over brake defect17:00 Bishkek to host concert of Russian pianist Evgeni Mikhailov16:58 366 thousand tons of cotton to be collected in Tajikistan16:55 Eight-volume Kyrgyz language dictionary of foreign terms presented in Bishkek16:52 Law enforcement and defense structures financed for 97-98% in Kyrgyzstan – Finance Ministry16:50 Turkvizyon-2014 calls for application for participation among Kyrgyzstani youth16:48 Ambassador of Saudi Arabia notes improvements in distribution of hajj visas in Kyrgyzstan16:37 1,258 children without guardianship registered in Kyrgyzstan YTD16:37 Uzbekistan, South Korea expand cooperation on water resources management16:32 Justice Ministry proposes to establish validity of driver's license for 10 years
Astana
+16° C
Ashgabat
+30° C
Bishkek
+22° C
Dushanbe
+28° C
Tashkent
+28° C
exchange rates
 
69.76
54.18
8.82
1.41
234.13
181.95
29.63
4.73
6.40
5.00
0.81
0.13
3117.21
2359.56
384.37
62.66
3.66
2.85
0.46
0.07

© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2014
Use of the AKIpress.com materials must be accompanied by a hyperlink to www.akipress.com
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75