Vatican confirms pope’s meeting with Grand Ayatollah al-SistaniHoly See Press Office

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releases detailed schedule of Pope Francis’ three day visit to Iraq in early March
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Najaf on March 13, 2019. (Photo: O.G.A ALI AL-SISTANI/AP)

By Loup Besmond de Senneville | Vatican City
The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis intends to meet the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani during a historic apostolic journey to Iraq, which is scheduled for March 5-8.The meeting is part of the papal visit’s tight schedule of events, which the Holy See Press Office released in detail on February 8.The meeting between the 84-year-old Francis, global leader of the Catholic Church, and the 90-year-old al-Sistani, highest religious authority of Iraqi Shi’ism, is slated to take place on March 6 in the city of Najaf.The Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad, Cardinal Louis-Raphael…

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