DAEJEON, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis is heading to South Korea's central city of Daejeon to meet with Catholic youths from across Asia gathered for the Asian version of World Youth Day.
Francis opens the second day of his South Korea tour Friday with a Mass in Daejeon's soccer stadium, lunch with some of the festival participants and then a visit to an 18th century sanctuary where Korea's first priest was raised. Rather than take a helicopter as planned on a foggy morning, Francis travelled by high-speed train to Daejeon.
Survivors of South Korea's April ferry disaster, which left more than 300 people — most of them high school students — dead or missing are expected to attend the Mass. A banner outside the stadium read "Please wipe the tears of the Sewol families."