“The Iraqi people are waiting for us,” the pope said.
When the pontiff touches down in Baghdad on Friday, it will be the culmination of a Vatican trip decades in the planning. Pope Francis will be the first pope to ever visit this area of great biblical importance — home to ancient civilizations.
His trip is happening despite escalating violence, rising COVID cases and international concerns. Questions about the timing of trip were raised repeatedly at a recent Vatican press conference. But it was the pope himself who addressed these concerns on Wednesday before his departure.
Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — March 5, 2021