pope_francisVatican City:  Pope Francis is expected to meet relatives of the victims of the Sewol ferry disaster during his visit to South Korea in August, the Vatican said.

“I would be very surprised if he didn’t meet them, as it was a national tragedy which touched many,” said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi, though he said he could not confirm when or where during the five-day visit the meeting would take place.

The pope will arrive in Seoul on August 14 and is scheduled to meet South Korean President Park Geun-Hye at the Blue House before travelling the following day to Daejeon for a mass with thousands of faithful at the Purple Arena football stadium.

The Sewol ferry sank in April with the loss of some 300 lives — most of them schoolchildren — and the tragedy rocked the entire country.