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Pope’s Korea Trip Also Puts Focus on Rise of Christianity in China

Pope Francis leaves Wednesday on the first trip to Asia by a pontiff in more than a quarter century. He will honor martyrs in South Korea who helped bring Catholicism to that country, but some Vatican watchers believe the visit is also intended to send a message to China, where the Christian population is growing rapidly even though it is officially an atheist nation. Christianity has a long and difficult history in China - since it was brought by European missionaries who followed in the...

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