Pope Francis ends epic Iraq tour where he preached peace
08 Mar 2021
Pope Francis gestures as he boards a plane to depart for Rome, at Baghdad International Airport in Baghdad, Iraq. Reuters
Pope Francis ended his historic tour of Iraq on Monday, departing by plane from Baghdad after visiting conflict-torn cities, meeting Muslim and Christian leaders and preaching peace and coexistence over war.
Francis waved one last time from before boarding a plane flying the Vatican and Iraqi flags from its cockpit windows. President Barham Salih accompanied the 84-year-old pontiff down a red carpet to his flight.
Pope Francis is accompanied by Iraqi President Barham Salih and his wife Sarbagh Salih at Baghdad International Airport in Baghdad, Iraq. Reuters
During Francis’s trip, the first ever papal visit to Iraq, he toured four cities, including Mosul, the former Islamic State stronghold where vast areas still lie in ruins, telling Iraqis that “peace is more powerful than war.”