Loading articles...

Canadian pastor freed from North Korea to attend church in Mississauga on Sunday

Last Updated Aug 14, 2017 at 4:24 am EDT

In this Dec. 16, 2015, file photo, Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim, centre, is escorted to his sentencing in Pyongyang, North Korea. Canadian pastor released from prison in North Korea this week is planning to attend a church service in Mississauga, Ont., on Sunday.Hyeong Soo Lim was released on what state media described as "sick bail" after being handed a life sentence with hard labour in 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Jon Chol Jin

A Canadian pastor freed from a North Korean prison was met with cheers as he waded through a mob of people at church this morning, making his first public appearance since arriving home.

Hyeon Soo Lim is attending the Sunday service at the Light Presbyterian Church in Mississauga, Ont., where he works as a pastor.

He had been serving a life sentence of hard labour for alleged anti-state activities when he was released last week on what the North Korean government described as “sick bail.”

Outside the church before the service, Lim told a group of reporters that he’s proud to be a Canadian.

He made the appearance just one day after arriving home on a small government aircraft Saturday morning.

His family wouldn’t comment on his health at the time of his arrival.

Join the conversation

Please read our commenting policies