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Pope Francis’s historic visit to Iraq, in images

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By Miriam Berger | Mar 6, 2021

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There are no longer any paintings or dark-and-white photos depicting how outdated popes visited Iraq. Till Pope Francis’s airplane touched down in Baghdad on Friday, no head of the Catholic Church had ever made the sprint back and forth.

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These are the historic images. And they carry the emotional mixture of satisfaction and somberness marking the multiday occasion.

On Saturday, speaking at an interreligious gathering conclude to the customary birthplace of the patriarch Abraham, the pope referred to as for an discontinue to violence, noting that every body faiths “note up at the identical sky.”

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Francis descends the airplane that transported him to Baghdad on Friday.

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Kadhimi receives Francis upon the pope’s arrival in Baghdad.

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Iraqi Prime Minister’s Facebook/AFP/Getty Images

As Francis makes his plan all over Iraq, the masks on expose yarn how the 84-year-venerable chief, himself lately vaccinated for the coronavirus, is visiting despite the pandemic and the risk of his sprint back and forth becoming a superspreader occasion.

The huge security presence tells of the ongoing flashes of violence and political instability that also plague Iraq practically two many years after the U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.

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The various religions and traditions given a stage explain to Iraq’s historic differ, despite the embattled notify of its dwindled Christian communities.

And the faces of Iraqis — the grins, tears and lingering fears — ponder the uncertain avenue forward for the wrestle-ridden nation at a time of gargantuan political and economic hardship.

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Iraqi President Barham Salih, correct, welcomes Pope Francis during a ceremony at the presidential palace in Baghdad.

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Ahmed Jalil/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Males play cards at a teahouse in Irbil, Iraq, in entrance of a TV showing stay photos of the pope’s visit on Friday.

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Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Americans attend a social gathering in a public sq. prior to the pope’s visit in the predominantly Christian town of Qaraqosh, about 20 miles from Mosul.

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A motorcade leaves the Syro-Catholic Cathedral of Our Girl of Salvation after the pope’s visit to Baghdad.

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Vatican Media/Reuters

Security guards surround the pope at the cathedral.

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Ayman Henna/AFP/Getty Images

Francis greets onlookers as he enters the cathedral, the put he would later give a speech.

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Alessandro Di Meo/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Three kids reach to secret agent the pope during his meeting at the cathedral.

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Alessandro Di Meo/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Francis addresses a meeting at the presidential palace in Baghdad.

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Alessandro Di Meo/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Kadhimi and Francis explain in the lounge of the Baghdad airport.

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Salih, correct, welcomes Francis at the presidential palace.

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Ayman Henna/AFP/Getty Images

Francis is greeted by kids upon his arrival at Baghdad’s Saint Joseph Cathedral.

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Francis, in the dark automotive, arrives at a meeting conclude to the archaeological dwelling of the Sumerian metropolis-notify of Ur.

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Andrew Medichini/AP

Mountainous Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani meeting with Pope Francis and his delegation.

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-/Ayatollah Sistani’s Media Place of job

Francis is welcomed as he arrives for an interreligious provider at Ur.

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Francis speaks during the provider at Ur.

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