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Pope’s visit to Iraq helping replace walls with bridges

Catholic Relief Services is on the ground in Iraq helping Iraqis affected by conflict and supporting religious leaders and communities rebuild trust. CRS country representative says the Pope’s visit is a precious occasion in more than one respect.

Iraq declares 6 March "National Day of Tolerance and Coexistence"

In a tweet on Saturday, Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi announces that 6 March will become a "National Day of Tolerance and Coexistence" in Iraq. The announcement came after Pope Francis' meeting with Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, which Cardinal Miguel Ayuso has praised as an historic encounter.

Pope appoints new bishop in Sibolga, Indonesia

Father Fransiskus Tuaman Sinaga is the new Bishop of Sibolga.

Iraq: Pope’s Prayer of the Sons and Daughters of Abraham

Joined by Muslims, Jews, representatives of different Christian Churches and other Iraqi religious minorities in the Iraqi city of Ur, Pope Francis prays for reconciliation, peace and the strength to rebuild the ravaged nation.

Pope urges Abrahamic religions to pursue path of peace in Iraq

Pope Francis meets with representatives of the three Abrahamic religions at Ur of the Chaldeans in Iraq, and urges Christians, Muslims, and Jews to journey along a path of peace under the stars of the promise God made to Abraham.

Pope stresses fraternity in meeting with Iraq's Grand Ayatollah

Pope Francis met this Saturday morning in Najaf with Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Al-Husayni Al-Sistani in a visit which stressed the importance of friendship, mutual respect and dialogue between religious communities.

Pope Francis meets Iraq's Grand Ayatollah Al-Sistani

On the second day of his Apostolic Journey to Iraq, the Pope arrives in the city of Najaf on Saturday morning for a meeting with Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Al-Husayni Al-Sistani.

Muslim Council of Elders on Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq

The Muslim Council of Elders issues a statement regarding Pope Francis’ landmark visit to Iraq saying it is a message of solidarity with victims of violence in the region and around the world

Pope meets with Iraqi students of Scholas Occurrentes

Pope Francis concluded the first day of his Apostolic Journey to Iraq meeting with participants in a Scholas Occurentes youth program.

Pope Francis' expressions of closeness with the Iraqi people

Closeness is a hallmark of Pope Francis’s personal style as a shepherd. As he continues his Apostolic Journey to Iraq, we explore the many times he has expressed his closeness to the Iraqi people.