News – PH – Pope Francis visits Erbil and meets Kurdish leaders

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Pope Francis visited Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish region in northern Iraq, on Sunday as part of his current visit to the Arab country

According to the state television, the Pope was welcomed on his arrival by the President of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) Nechirvan Barzani and the Prime Minister Masrour Barzani

“It is an honor to receive Pope Francis in Erbil”, wrote Nechirvan Barzani after his meeting with the Pope on Twitter. “We reaffirm our ongoing commitment to peace, religious freedom and brotherhood”

After the meeting, the 84-year-old Pope flew to Mosul to pray for the war victims in the destroyed northern Iraqi city that was once captured by the Daesh / ISIS terrorist group

Francis is also scheduled to visit the Christian city of Bakhdida in the northern province of Nineveh, also known as Qaraqosh

The Pope will return to Erbil on Sunday afternoon for mass for almost 10 in the Franso Hariri Stadium000 visitors to hold

On Saturday, Pope Francis held a historic meeting with Iraq’s top Shiite cleric Ali Al-Sistani in the southern city of Najaf

Francis arrived in Baghdad on Friday, where he met Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and President Barham Saleh, as well as other Iraqi government and religious figures separately

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Pope Francis, Iraq, Erbil, Kurdistan Region

News – PH – Pope Francis visits Erbil and meets Kurdish leaders

Source: https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/pope-francis-visits-erbil-meets-kurdish-leaders/2167456