“I am happy to be making trips again,” he said in brief comments to reporters aboard the plane, alluding to the coronavirus pandemic which has prevented him from travelling. The Iraq trip is his first outside Italy since November 2019.
This refers to the report, “Let arms go silent and fight corruption: Pope” (March 6). The long-awaited historic visit to Iraq by a Pope is a ground-breaking one not only to the Iraqi people but to the entire region and the world as well. Pope Francis took a risky step by going to Iraq considering the security reasons in that country.
Pope Francis has done Iraq a great service. His visit, the first ever by a Catholic pontiff, put that martyred country back on the map of world news for three historic days.
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’ historical Iraq visit underlined his commitment to interfaith dialogue, tolerance and coexistence, and their necessity in today’s world. The Head of the Catholic Church arrived in Iraq on March 5 to a red carpet and military-band reception
The Zayed Award for Human Fraternity held its annual award ceremony on Thursday with messages of congratulations conveyed to the 2021 honorees by His Holiness Pope Francis and His Eminence the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Dr Ahmed Al-Tayeb – the 2019 honorees.
The Pope will hold an open-air mass for some 135,000 Catholics in Abu Dhabi
Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked Pope Francis for “very substantive” talks on Thursday, a day before Ukraine’s Catholic leaders were due at the Vatican.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks with Pope Francis on Thursday, a day before Ukraine’s Catholic leaders meet at the Vatican to discuss the crisis in their country,