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Pope Francis lands in Iraq on first-ever papal visit

I'm happy to resume travel, and this symbolic trip is also a duty to a land that has been martyred for years, Francis said.

Published: 05th March 2021 04:45 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th March 2021 04:45 PM   |  A+A-

Pope Francis

Pope Francis (Photo | AP)

BAGHDAD: Pope Francis landed in war-battered Iraq Friday on the first-ever papal visit, defying security fears and the pandemic to comfort one of the world's oldest and most persecuted Christian communities.

His plane landed at 1:55 pm (1055 GMT) at Baghdad International Airport, where Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi will greet him. 

"I'm happy to resume travel, and this symbolic trip is also a duty to a land that has been martyred for years," Francis told journalists aboard his plane. 



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