Family of Canadian pastor says he has been detained in North Korea, facing charges

Canada's government has confirmed that a Canadian pastor has been detained in North Korea, the man's family said Thursday.

Canadian officials told the family that North Korea's government confirmed the detention of Reverend Hyeon Soo Lim, said Lisa Pak, a spokeswoman for the family and the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto. Pak said Lim is facing charges but could not say what they are.

Pak said Lim was supposed to return from a humanitarian trip to North Korea more than a month ago. He has not been heard from since he travelled to North Korea on Jan. 31 as part of a regular humanitarian mission where he supports a nursing home, a nursery and an orphanage, she said.

Pak said the trip was about helping people and not political.

The Canadian government didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

Lim, 60, has made over 100 trips to North Korea.

Pak said the family and the church community are asking fellow Canadians and the international community to continue praying for his release and safe return home.