Pope Francis arrived in Iraq’s Mosul metropolis on Sunday to satisfy 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 forestall any untoward incident from taking place.
Francis landed early on Sunday on the airport within the Kurdish regional capital of Arbil, focused just some weeks in the past by a volley of rockets that killed two individuals.
He held a quick assembly with regional president Nechirvan Barzani and his cousin, the prime minister Masrour Barzani.
The pontiff will then journey by helicopter to steer a prayer “for the victims of the war” within the metropolis of Mosul, an historic crossroads overrun by Daesh in 2014.
“We believers cannot be silent when terrorism abuses religion,” 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 group and to broaden his dialogue with different religions.
The chief of the world´s 1.3 billion Catholics on Saturday met Iraq’s prime scholar, the reclusive Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, who agreed that Iraq’s Christians ought to have the ability to reside in “peace”.
“We all hope that this visit will be a good omen for the Iraqi people,” Adnane Youssef, a Christian from northern Iraq, informed AFP. “We hope that it will lead to better days.”