The bishops' request came Friday during an interview with the Fides Agency, Italy's ANSA news agency reported.
"The dominating sentiment amongst the South Korean population isn't so much fear but concern and bitterness for the current situation," said Monsignor Peter Kang U-il. "A contemporary war, with the lethal weapons that exist, would be a catastrophe for all involved.
"We appeal to Pope Francis: We thank him for his prayers and hope he continues to pay attention to the Korean peninsula asking for Korean, Russian, American and Chinese leaders to work seriously for peace," he said.
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