Kim Jong-un has invited Pope Francis to visit, even though long-isolated country has no permanent priests. In gesture designed to highlight peace efforts of North Korea, South Korean President Moon Jae-in will deliver invitation from Mr Kim when he meets Holy Father next week during trip to Europe.

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ABC News—Kim Jong-un extends North Korea's first invitation to a Pope since Mr Kim's father, Kim Jong-il, invited Pope John Paul II in 2000, a trip that never happened.

The positive response shown by North Korean citizens to a speech given this month in Pyongyang by South Korean president Moon Jae-in has alarmed security officials in the North, who now fear a loss of prestige by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, sources in the country say. Authorities fear Moon Jae-in may now be favored in popularity over Kim Jong Un, sources say.