Iraq

Comment: Will the Pope’s scale in Iraq make headlines, can it be the lives of devoted minorities?

When Pope Francis arrives in Iraq on March 5 on an unprecedented papal scale in the country, he will begin 3 days of high-level devoted diplomacy. In Baghdad, he will meet with political leaders and Catholic priests and nuns at the site of an al-Qaeda attack in 2010. The next day, you will travel 160 km south of Nayaf to see the great Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, one of the leading non-secular Shiite leaders and the center of gravity of devout life in Iraq.