Pope unveils visit to Iraq


Editorial Date: 2019/6/10 15:35 
{International: Euphrates News} Pope Francis said on Monday that he wants to travel to Iraq next year in what will be the first papal visit to the country at all.
Francis made the remarks during a speech to members of a group of charities that help Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere. 
“I have a permanent idea when I think of Iraq,” the Pope said in prepared remarks. “I have a willingness to go there next year.” 
In Iraq there are many Eastern churches, whether Catholic or Orthodox. 
In 2000, the late Pope John Paul wanted to visit the ancient city of Ur, believed to be the birthplace of Abraham. 
The visit was to be the first leg of a trip to Iraq, Egypt and Israel. 
But negotiations on this matter with the former regime collapsed and was unable to go

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