Pope Francis, accompanied by Masour Barzani (R) Prime Minister of the ninth cupboard of the Kurdistan Regional Authorities, greets Iraqi kids wearing conventional costumes 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 in the present day 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 fulfill Christian communities who had braved atrocities below the rule of Daesh.

The Pope arrived in Mosul to cap his historic tour of the nation, with heavy safety to stop any untoward incident from occurring.

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

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 struggle” within the metropolis of Mosul, an historic crossroads overrun by Daesh in 2014.

“We believers can’t be silent when terrorism abuses faith,” 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 historic, however dwindling, Christian neighborhood and to develop his dialogue with different religions.

The chief of the world´s 1.three billion Catholics on Saturday met Iraq’s high scholar, the reclusive Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, who agreed that Iraq’s Christians ought to be capable of dwell in “peace”.

“All of us hope that this go to will likely be a superb omen for the Iraqi folks,” Adnane Youssef, a Christian from northern Iraq, advised AFP. “We hope that it’ll result in higher days.”

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