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Our Focus programme brings you exclusive reports from around the world. From Monday to Friday at 7.45 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2014-08-18

South Korea: The Catholic Church's Asian Tiger

We head to South Korea, where Pope Francis has just wrapped up a five-day visit. A pope hadn't set foot in the country for a quarter of a century. Yet Catholicism is thriving in South Korea, with the number of Catholics there tripling in the last three decades. France 24's Marie Linton and Guillaume Bression report on some of the reasons behind the Church's success.

Programme prepared by Elise Duffau and Patrick Lovett

By Justin McCURRY , Marie LINTON , Guillaume BRESSION

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Lionel Jensen

Professor of East Asia, Notre Dame University

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2017-05-23 Asia-pacific

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2017-05-19 Asia-pacific

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2017-05-18 Middle East

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2017-05-17 Europe

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