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Pope Francis has arrived in South Korea for his first Asia visit. (Source: CNN) Pope Francis has arrived in South Korea for his first Asia visit. (Source: CNN)
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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (CNN) - Pope Francis arrived in Seoul Thursday, marking the first papal visit to the country in 25 years.

The historic visit is also a nod to Catholicism’s shifting demographics as an increasing number of believers come from Latin America, Africa and Asia.

During his packed, five day visit to South Korea, the Pope will beatify 124 Korean martyrs.

He'll help celebrate the 6th Asian Youth Day, which is a gathering of Asian catholic youth.

And he'll hold Holy Mass for peace and reconciliation, expected to be aimed at prayers for peace, including South and North Korean relations.

North Korea fired three short-range projectiles into the sea east of the Korean Peninsula, beginning about an hour before the Pope's landing in Seoul, according to the South Korean defense ministry.

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