Pope Francis paid tribute to Iraqi Christians martyred in recent times by extremists purporting to act in the name of Islam.
Dialogue is best antidote to extremism, pope tells Iraqi Christian leaders
Greg Erlandson: Forestalling the rush to war
“Wars are easy to get into but usually difficult to extricate from. Since the Russian invasion of Crimea and its occupation of part of eastern Ukraine, an estimated 14,000 Ukrainian soldiers and civilians have died, and no end is in sight.”
Returning from Iraq, pope talks about ‘risks’ taken on trip
Asked about his meeting March 6 in Najaf with Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, an authority figure for Shiite Muslims in Iraq and around the world, Pope Francis said it “was good for my soul” and was another step on the path of promoting greater understanding and cooperation with Muslims.
Photos of the Week: March 8, 2021
In the spotlight: Pope in Iraq, Nigerian kidnappings, Myanmar coup
Pope, Iraqi Shiite leader affirm importance of dialogue, respect
In a low-key meeting followed closely in Iraq and beyond, Pope Francis and Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the influential leader of Shiite Muslims in Iraq, spent 45 minutes speaking privately.
Pope Francis: An essential traveler ready to go
“I am the pastor of people who are suffering,” Pope Francis told Catholic News Service Feb. 1 during a discussion about his Iraq trip. In a sign of his determination to travel to Iraq, the pope indicated to CNS that he would consider taking a regular commercial flight to get there if needed.
Photos of the Week: March 1, 2021
In the spotlight: Myanmar coup, St. Faustina, snow chapel
Iraq: Full of historic sites important to understanding Christianity
“The pontiff said he looks forward to visiting our country, which is also where Abraham began his journey,” Cardinal Louis Sako of Baghdad said of the March 5-8 trip.