Published : 2014-08-14 10:34
Updated : 2014-08-14 12:13
After an 11 1/2 hour flight from Rome, Pope Francis arrived in Korea at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, beginning a five-day pastoral visit to Korea.
Emerging from the chartered Alitalia flight at Seoul Air Base about 10 minutes earlier than scheduled, the 77-year-old pontiff was greeted by President Park Geun-hye and a small crowd consisting of government officials, representatives of the Korean Catholic Church and 32 lay people from various walks of life.
The welcome ceremony lasted for about 20 minutes, without much fanfare.