Pope Francis concluded a historic three-day tour of Iraq, becoming the first leader of the Roman Catholic Church to visit the country. His trip, which came amid ongoing violence and the pandemic, included stops in Mosul and other areas decimated by Islamic State fighters. Pope Francis capped off his visit Sunday with a Mass in Kurdistan’s capital Erbil.
Pope Francis: “I pray that the members of the various religious communities, together with all men and women of goodwill, may work together to forge bonds of fraternity and solidarity in the service of the common good and of peace. Salam, salam, salam.”