Photo: Alessandra Benedetti/Corbis via Getty Images

South Korean President Moon Jae-in's office said that North Korea's Kim Jong-un told Moon during their summit last month that he would "enthusiastically" welcome a visit from Pope Francis in North Korea, the Associated Press reports.

The big picture: An invitation was offered to Pope John Paul II after a 2000 meeting between the two Koreas, which never resulted in a visit. Back then, the Vatican said a visit could only happen if North Korea — which is officially atheist and strictly monitors its citizens' religious activities — would allow priests inside its borders.

Go deeper

Amy Harder, author of Generate
37 mins ago - Energy & Environment

Climate change goes mainstream in presidential debate

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty

The most notable part of Thursday’s presidential debate on climate change was the fact it was included as a topic and assumed as a fact.

The big picture: This is the first time in U.S. presidential history that climate change was a featured issue at a debate. It signals how the problem has become part of the fabric of our society. More extreme weather, like the wildfires ravaging Colorado, is pushing the topic to the front-burner.

Finally, a real debate

Photo: Morry Gash/AP

A more disciplined President Trump held back from the rowdy interruptions at tonight's debate in Nashville, while making some assertions so outlandish that Joe Biden chuckled and even closed his eyes.

  • A Trump campaign adviser told Axios: "He finally listened." 

The result: A real debate.

Biden to Trump: "I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life"

Former VP Joe Biden pushed back Thursday against allegations from President Trump, saying he had never profited from foreign sources. "Nothing was unethical," Biden told debate moderator Kristen Welker about his son Hunter's work in Ukraine while he was vice president.

Why it matters: Earlier on Thursday, Hunter Biden's former business partner, Tony Bobulinski, released a statement saying Joe Biden's claims that he never discussed overseas business dealings with his son were "false."