The Republic of South Korea has a vibrant Catholic Church of 5.5 million people, which is just over 10% of the population. Catholicism arrived there in the 18th century via Korean scholars (since canonised as saints) who encountered the Church in China and then returned to their Korean homeland as missionaries.
The Augustinians in Korea sent this photo of a billboard on a department store beside the main railway station (at left in photo) in Incheon. It uses the occasion of the forthcoming papal visit to invite Koreans to learn more about the Catholic Church. Many Korean shopkeepers have placed photos of Pope Francis in their shop windows.
Augustinians in Korea will be attending the Evening Prayer with the Pope for Korean religious which will be held at the famous social welfare centre at Kkottongae that is popularly known as the "Flower Village'. This place was started by a Korean priest for homeless elderly and variously 'challenged' people. He has founded his own male and female religious orders, has his own social welfare uni campus on site and has even branched out to other countries.