The 84-year-old pope arrived in Iraq on Friday for a historic journey, the primary of its type because the world went into lockdown final spring.
Pope Francis visits Nasiriya for an inter-religious prayer on the historical Mesopotamian web site of Ur, town talked about within the Hebrew Bible because the birthplace of the Israelite (Jewish) and Ismaelite (Muslim) patriarch Abraham.
Later within the day, the pontiff is ready to return to Baghdad, the place he’ll maintain a mass on the Chaldean Cathedral of Saint Joseph.
Earlier within the day, Pope Francis visited the home of Iraq’s high Shiite cleric Ali Sistani in Najaf, which is taken into account a shrine metropolis in Islam. It’s situated in Iraq’s south, some 100 miles from Baghdad.
The pope grew to become the first-ever pontiff to go to Abraham’s legendary birthplace; it’s considered among the many oldest cities in recorded historical past, based in about 3800 BCE. His go to is described as an act of solidarity with the Christian neighborhood and a symbolic outreach to Muslims.
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