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Pope weighed Iraq virus risk but believes God will protect

Mar. 08, 2021 13:22 PM EST

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Monday he weighed the risks of a high-profile trip to Iraq during the coronavirus pandemic, but said he decided to go ahead with it after much prayer and belief that God would look out for the Iraqis who might get exposed. ...

Where IS ruled, pope calls on Christians to forgive, rebuild

Mar. 07, 2021 13:54 PM EST

QARAQOSH, Iraq (AP) — Pope Francis urged Iraq’s Christians on Sunday to forgive the injustices against them by Muslim extremists and to rebuild as he visited the wrecked shells of churches and met ecstatic crowds in the community’s historic heartland, which was nearly erased by the...

Pope, top Iraq Shiite cleric deliver message of coexistence

Mar. 06, 2021 13:40 PM EST

PLAINS OF UR, Iraq (AP) — Pope Francis walked through a narrow alley in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf for a historic meeting with the country’s top Shiite cleric Saturday, and together they delivered a powerful message of peaceful coexistence in a country still reeling from back-to-back...

The Latest: Pope Francis delivers sermon in Baghdad church

Mar. 06, 2021 10:42 AM EST

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' historic visit to Iraq, aimed at rallying the country's dwindling Christian community after decades of war and unrest (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Pope Francis is reminding Iraq’s Chaldean Catholics...

Shiite powerhouse al-Sistani helped shape today's Iraq

Mar. 06, 2021 01:11 AM EST

One highlight of Pope Francis' historic visit to Iraq is his meeting Saturday with a revered religious leader for Shiite Muslims, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. Francis has spent years trying to improve Christian relations with Muslims and has already forged close ties...

Pope Francis meets Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, in historic encounter to encourage coexistence

Mar. 06, 2021 01:01 AM EST
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) — Pope Francis meets Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, in historic encounter to encourage coexistence.

Pope urges Iraq to embrace its Christians on historic visit

Mar. 05, 2021 12:17 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Pope Francis opened the first-ever papal visit to Iraq on Friday with a plea for the country to protect its centuries-old diversity, urging Muslims to embrace their Christian neighbors as a precious resource and asking the embattled Christian community -- “though small like...

Intense preparations before pontiff meets Iraqi ayatollah

Mar. 04, 2021 12:07 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — In Iraq’s holiest city, a pontiff will meet a revered ayatollah and make history with a message of coexistence in a place plagued by bitter divisions. One is the chief pastor of the world-wide Catholic Church, the other a pre-eminent figure in Shiite...

Vatican defends pope's Iraq trip amid virus as 'act of love'

Mar. 04, 2021 10:50 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican defended Pope Francis’ decision to go ahead with his trip to Iraq this weekend despite rising coronavirus infections there, saying Tuesday all health care precautions have been taken and that the trip is an “act of love for this land, for its people and...

EXPLAINER: Pope's risky Iraq trip aims to boost Christians

Mar. 03, 2021 06:26 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is pushing ahead with the first papal trip to Iraq despite rising coronavirus infections, hoping to encourage the country’s dwindling number of Christians who were violently persecuted during the Islamic State's insurgency while seeking to boost ties with...