Pope Francis holds first ever papal Mass in Baghdad

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Iraqi Christians in Baghdad have witnessed the first ever papal Mass held in an Iraqi church. The Pope is halfway through his historic trip. 
The Pope held his service in a Catholic church but in accordance with Eastern rituals
On the second day of his visit to Iraq, Pope Francis delivered a Mass in the St. Joseph Continue reading

Christians in Iraq: The past century in a nutshell

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Christians in Iraq repair a cross in Qaraqosh, in Nineveh province (AFP or licensors)

After centuries of Ottoman rule, Iraq emerged as a political unit of its own one hundred years ago. Over the past century, Iraqi Christians have witnessed times of wealth and peaceful coexistence, but they have also had to endure some horrible wars and persecutions. Continue reading

Pope’s upcoming visit brings attention to the dwindling population of Christians in Iraq

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A mural depicting Pope Francis on a concrete wall around the Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad, in preparation for the pontiff’s visit, AP/Photo/Khalid Mohammed ope Francis will arrive in Iraq on Friday in a first-ever papal visit to the country that is expected to raise awareness about the challenges facing Iraqi Christians – a majority of whom are Catholic. Continue reading