Middle East

Pope Francis leaves Rome at start of risky trip to Iraq

Pope Francis prepares to leave from Fiumicino's International airport Leonardo da Vinci, near Rome, for Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, March 5, 2021. Pope Francis is bound to Iraq for a four-day visit to urge the country's dwindling number of Christians to stay put and help rebuild the country after years of war and persecution, brushing aside the coronavirus pandemic and security concerns to make the first-ever papal visit. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia).

 

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