All in Iraq would welcome a visit by Pope Francis

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Church aid official cautions on need to ensure that a papal visit does not fuel communal tensions or attacks Anne-Bénédicte Hoffner France Msgr. Pascal Gollnisch. (Photo by SIMON/CIRIC HORN)

Pope Francis used a June 10 plenary assembly on aid to churches in the Middle East, known by the acronym ROACO (Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches), to express a desire to travel to Iraq next year. Msgr. Pascal Gollnisch, director general of l’Oeuvre d’Orient, a French organization aiding Christians in the region, sees such a visit as an opportunity to help the country progress towards “shared citizenship” in the wake of years of conflict. La Croix: You attended Pope Francis’ speech at the ROACO meeting, in which he