Pope calls Iraqis to affirm kinship under one God

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Above: Pope Francis is greeted by Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, one of Shiite Islam’s most authoritative figures, during a courtesy visit in Najaf, Iraq, on March 6. Below: Children are seen near an image of Pope Francis during the pope’s visit with the community at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Qaraqosh, Iraq, on March 7. Continue reading

Pope Francis leaves Rome for historic Iraq trip

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Pope Francis waves as he boards a plane to depart to Iraq on March 5, 2021 at Rome’s Fiumicino airport. (AFP)
The Vatican has planned a packed program for the 84-year-old pope
ROME: Pope Francis left Rome on Friday for a historic trip to Iraq, his first abroad since Continue reading

Despite pope euphoria, Iraq Christians left without illusions

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An Iraqi Christian woman walks by a banner depicting Pope Francis on a wall of St. Joseph Cathedral in Baghdad days after the pontiff’s historic visit AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
Baghdad (AFP) Iraqi Christians say they will “never forget the joy” of Pope Francis’ historic visit to the country but they don’t expect it to stem the minority’s exodus from the country. Continue reading

Iraqi woman who met the pope sees little chance for change

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Pope Francis delivers his speech during a March 7 meeting with the Qaraqosh community at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Qaraqosh, Iraq. The story of Doha Sabah Abdallah, who’s son’s death alerted an entire Christian village in Iraq’s north of the impending militant onslaught, resonated deeply with Pope Francis during a Continue reading