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Pope Francis Meets with Iraqi Refugees Before Flight to Baghdad

Pope Francis arrives and is welcomed at Baghdad International Airport, making it the first time a pope visits the country of Iraq, on March 5th, 2021.

Pope Francis arrives and is welcomed at Baghdad International Airport, making it the first time a pope visits the country of Iraq, on March 5th, 2021.

This evening, Pope Francis will visit local Iraqi Catholics inside the Syriac Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation, also known as Sayidat al-Nejat, the site of a suicide attack by the Al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State in Iraq during Sunday Mass in 2010 in which 52 people were killed.

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