Pope Francis Just Arrived In Iraq For A Historic Visit

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On Friday, Pope Francis arrived in on a historic visit as the first pope to to the Middle Eastern country – giving a message of religious tolerance to the world.

He was greeted at the Baghdad International Airport by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and celebrated upon his arrival.

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During his 4-day visit, the head of the Vatican will tour excavations of biblical sites and visit churches where Christians suffered , according to EWTN .

On Saturday, Pope Francis will meet with ’s top Shia cleric, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali al-Husayni al-Sistani.

Despite being a predominantly Muslim country today, , formally Mesopotamia, has a rich and profound Christian history. However, Iraqi Christians, who have lived in the country their whole lives, have experienced terror and torture at the hands of religious extremists.

Today, groups of young Iraqi Muslims have been working to rebuild Baghdad’s ISIS-damaged churches in hopes to show solidarity with the remaining Christian families and encourage those who left to return home.

“I come as a penitent, asking forgiveness of heaven and my brothers and sisters for so much destruction and cruelty. I come as a pilgrim of peace in the name of Christ, the Prince of Peace,” said.

“May the clash of arms be silenced! May their spread be curbed, here and everywhere! May the voice of builders and peacemakers find a hearing! The voice of the humble, the poor, the ordinary men and women who want to , work and pray in peace,” he said prayerfully, urging the end of violence and extremism, factions and intolerance.


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