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In this photo provided by L' Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis shakes hands with newly baptized Lee Ho Jin, the father of one of the children who died in South Korea's April ferry disaster, in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
Pope Francis outlined his priorities for the Catholic Church in Asia during a meeting of about 80 of the region's bishops on Sunday, urging them to engage with people of different cultures empathetically. "In this spirit of openness to others, I earnestly hope that those countries of your continent with whom the Holy See does not yet enjoy a full relationship may not hesitate to further a dialogue for the benefit of all," he said.
Francis' diplomatic outreach followed another gesture of solidarity earlier in the morning: He baptized the father of one of the victims of the sinking of a South Korean ferry that killed more than 300 people, most of them high school students.
Here are some images of the pope's visit to South Korea.
Pope Francis, right, blesses a crying child who is not wanting to separate from his mother, near a Vatican gendarmerie, center, upon the Pope's arrival for the Closing Holy Mass of the 6th Asian Youth Day in Haemi Castle in Haemi, south of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, Pool) (Lee Jin-man/AP)
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Nuns wait for Pope Francis before a closing Holy Mass of the 6th Asian Youth Day in Haemi Castle in Haemi Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Kim Hong-Ji, Pool) (KIM HONG-JI/AP)
Nuns greet Pope Francis as he arrives for a closing Holy Mass of the 6th Asian Youth Day at Haemi Castle in Haemi, South Korea, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Kim Hong-Ji, Pool) (KIM HONG-JI/AP)
The faithful waves to photographers as they wait for the start of a mass to be conducted by Pope Francis, concluding the 6th Asian Youth Day in Haemi, South Korea, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) (Gregorio Borgia/AP)