Pope Francis is getting a special musical tribute as he prepares for his trip to Asia in August.
The director of Psy‘s “Hangover” music video, Cha Eun-taek, has gathered a number of Korean stars to honor the 77-year-old Argentine pontiff in time for His Holiness’ South Korean tour. Top local stars have also taken part in the charity project.
The director made a music video for “Koinonia,” a song composed by K-pop veteran Noh Young-shim, the title of which means camaraderie and communion in Greek.
The video premiered this week at Myeongdong Cathedral, the country’s highest Catholic prelate, ahead of the Pope’s visit to South Korea from August 14-18.
Won Dong-yeon, known for the 2012 hit Korean film Masquerade, produced the project that features A-list actors Ahn Sung-ki, Kim Tae-hee, Kim Ha-neul and Kim Woo-bin, among other celebrities known to be devout Catholics. Prima ballerina Kim Joo-won and Olympic short track speed skater Park Seung-hi also make appearances. All proceeds from the video project will go to charity.
“We created this music video in order to help the underprivileged, which is a main concern for the Pope,” said Won. “All of the celebrities felt it was a great honor to take part in such a project.”
“We will dedicate this video to the Pope as a gift,” said Huh Young-yeop, a spokesperson for the committee.
The video, which already has more than 100,000 views on YouTube, will be screened during some of the key events set to be carried out during His Holiness’ stay in Korea.