‘Pilgrim of peace’ Pope Francis flies to Baghdad

(ANSA) – ROME, MAR 5 – Pope Francis told President Sergio
Mattarella that he was travelling as a “pilgrim of peace” in a a
telegram to the Italian head of State after taking off for a
four-day visit to Iraq on Friday.
    The Argentine pontiff wanted to make the historic visit to the
Middle Eastern country, ravaged by years of conflict, despite
the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Security will be extremely tight for Francis’s 33rd apostolic
trip. (ANSA).


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