Pope lands in Baghdad to start historic visit

(ANSA) – ROME, MAR 5 – Pope Francis arrived in Baghdad on
Friday to start a historic four-day visit to Iraq.
    It is the first time a pontiff has visited the country.
    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 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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