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He added that Francis’ remarks to the bishops was a clear call for them to seek dialogue and to use charitable and education services as the ways to connect with people of all cultures.

During the first papal trip to South Korea since 1989, Francis on Saturday beatified 124 Korean martyrs in front of a crowd of about 800,000 people.

He also baptized the father of one of the victims of the April sinking of the Sewol ferry. Lee Ho Jin took the Christian name of “Francis” during the rite, which the pope administered in the Vatican Embassy in Seoul, Father Lombardi said.

Francis stopped to pray at a monument for aborted babies — a garden filled with simple white crosses — and spent time with disabled Koreans who live in the Kkottongnae community. The enclave was founded by a priest in the 1970s to take in disabled children and adults who were abandoned by their families. Francis embraced and touched the residents and accepted an origami crane that one woman had created with her feet.

At a Saturday meeting with Asian youth, Francis urged them to bear witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and build a world of friendship and peace “together with young people everywhere.”

“[I]n this generation, the Lord is counting on you. Are you ready to say ‘yes’ to him? Are you ready?” he said.

Francis offered a Mass at the close of Asian Youth Day in Haemi Castle, where more than 100 Korean martyrs were tortured and killed in the 1700s and 1800s.

On Monday, the pontiff will offer a Mass of peace and reconciliation in Seoul’s largest Catholic church, the Myeong-dong Cathedral. It is expected that his words there will address the divisions in North and South Korea.

A handful of elderly Korean women who were used as sexual slaves, or “comfort women,” by Japanese military during World War II are expected to have front-row seats at the Mass and meet with Francis.

This article is based in part on wire service reports.