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Pope Francis Blesses Marian Statue Desecrated by Islamic State

Pope Francis incenses a once-desecrated statue of the Virgin Mary from Karemlesh during his Mass in Erbil, Iraq, March 7, 2021.

Vatican Media.
Pope Francis incenses a once-desecrated statue of the Virgin Mary from Karemlesh during his Mass in Erbil, Iraq, March 7, 2021.

Fr. Habeb said the statue “will return to Karemlesh and will be in our church upon our return.”

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