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Pope Francis, is greeted by Masour Barzani (L) Prime Minister of the ninth cupboard of the Kurdistan Regional Authorities because the President of the autonomous Kurdistan Area Nechirvan Barzani (R), seems on, upon his arrival at Arbil airport on March 7, 2021, within the capital of the northern Iraqi Kurdish autonomous area. Pope Francis, on his historic Iraq tour, visits at the moment Christian communities that endured the brutality of the Islamic State group till the jihadists´ “caliphate” was defeated three years in the past. / AFP / Safin HAMED

Pope Francis arrived in Iraq’s Mosul metropolis on Sunday to satisfy Christian communities who suffered below the Daesh’s rule just a few years in the past.

The heaviest deployment of safety forces but has been mobilised to guard the 84-year-old on what is probably his riskiest day in Iraq.

Francis landed early on Sunday on the airport within the Kurdish regional capital of Arbil, focused just some weeks in the past by a volley of rockets that killed two individuals.

He held a short assembly with regional president Nechirvan Barzani and his cousin, the prime minister Masrour Barzani.

The pontiff will then journey by helicopter to guide a prayer “for the victims of the war” within the metropolis of Mosul, an historical crossroads overrun by Daesh in 2014.

“We believers cannot be silent when terrorism abuses religion,” Francis stated at an interfaith service Saturday, one of many many stops on the first-ever papal go to to the war-scarred nation.

Pope Francis’ journey to Iraq as a “pilgrim of peace” goals to reassure the nation´s historical, however dwindling, Christian group and to develop his dialogue with different religions.

The chief of the world´s 1.3 billion Catholics on Saturday met Iraq’s prime scholar, the reclusive Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, who agreed that Iraq’s Christians ought to have the ability to reside in “peace”.

“We all hope that this visit will be a good omen for the Iraqi people,” Adnane Youssef, a Christian from northern Iraq, instructed AFP. “We hope that it will lead to better days.”

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