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World - Region
3/8/2021 5:01:48 PM
Speaking to journalists on board his plane, the 84-year-old pontiff described Sistani -- one of Shiite Islam's top clerics -- as "a wise man".

World - International
3/8/2021 4:00:39 PM
US President Joe Biden welcomed the ' historic' visit by Pope Francis to Iraq on Monday, saying it sent an ' important' message of brotherhood and peace

World - Region
3/8/2021 2:47:09 PM
The "constructive" trip was made possible thanks to a "calm and secure Iraq", Iran's foreign ministry spokesman said

World - Region
3/8/2021 9:26:11 AM
During Francis's trip, the first ever papal visit to Iraq, he toured four cities, including Mosul, the former IS stronghold where vast areas still lie in ruins, telling Iraqis that 'peace is more powerful than war'

World - Region
3/7/2021 9:14:00 PM
The Kurdi family were hoping to one day resettle in Canada, but their dream turned to a nightmare six years ago when three-year-old Alan drowned alongside his older brother Galip and his mother Rehanna

Egypt - Politics
3/7/2021 8:20:00 PM
The mass witnessed the ordination of seven bishops and the enthronement of two others

World - Region
3/7/2021 2:49:39 PM
Francis flew into the northern city by helicopter to encourage the healing of sectarian wounds and to pray for the dead of any religion

World - Region
3/7/2021 1:47:00 PM
The 84-year-old pontiff said the 'tragic' exodus of Christians from Iraq and the wider region 'does incalculable harm not just to the individuals and communities concerned, but also to the society they leave behind'

World - Region
3/6/2021 7:44:05 PM
Sistani "affirmed his concern that Christian citizens should live like all Iraqis in peace and security and with their full constitutional rights"

World - Region
3/6/2021 11:53:00 AM
Following the 2003 US war on Iraq, the 1.5 million Iraqi Christian minority dwindled to less than half a million

World - Region
3/6/2021 9:29:56 AM
Francis’s meeting in the holy southern city of Najaf, during a whirlwind and risky tour of Iraq, marked the first time a pope has met with such a senior Shia cleric

World - Region
3/5/2021 5:03:15 PM
"May the clash of arms be silenced ... may there be an end to acts of violence and extremism," the Pope said, addressing Iraqi President Barham Salih, politicians and diplomats at the presidential palace

Egypt - Politics
3/5/2021 2:49:54 PM
"I pray to Almighty Allah to grant him success and that his trip achieves the desired outcome to continue on the path of human fraternity,” Al-Azhar's Al-Tayeb tweeted on Friday

World - Region
3/5/2021 1:13:56 PM
The Pope's first stop was to meet Iraqi President Barham Salih at the presidential palace, where a red carpet, military band and flock of doves greeted him

World - Region
3/4/2021 1:54:25 PM
'I long to meet you, to see your faces, to visit your land, ancient and extraordinary cradle of civilisation,' the pope said

World - Region
3/3/2021 9:54:39 AM
It was the second rocket attack in Iraq this month and came two days before Pope Francis is due to visit the country

World - Region
3/3/2021 9:45:56 AM
Every detail was scrutinized ahead of time in painstaking, behind-the-scenes preparations that touched on everything from shoes to seating arrangements

World - Region
3/1/2021 10:01:16 AM
The March 5-8 trip will be Francis' first outside Italy since November 2019, when he visited Thailand and Japan

World - Region
2/28/2021 3:17:37 PM
Their concerns were reinforced with the news that the Vatican ambassador to Iraq, the main point person for the trip who would have escorted Francis to all his appointments, tested positive for COVID-19

World - Region
2/28/2021 2:36:43 PM
Pope Francis is due to hold prayers for the victims of war at Hosh al-Bieaa as part of a four-day trip starting on March 5, a visit described as highly symbolic and a message of hope

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