Pope Francis thanks Iraqis for visit, saying they deserve peace

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Wed, 2021-03-10 09:49

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis thanked the people of Iraq on Wednesday for allowing him to make his historic trip to the country, saying Iraqis deserve to live in peace.
In his weekly audience, the 84-year-old pope reflected on the packed three-day program that saw him travel throughout Iraq last weekend, offering encouragement to persecuted Christians and extending a hand to Shiite Muslims.
“After this visit, my soul is filled with gratitude – gratitude to God and to all those who made it possible,” he said, citing political and religious leaders.

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