Francis prepares first-ever papal visit to Iraq : worldnewsMarch 1, 2021
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Baghdad. Pope Francis is to start the first-ever papal visit to Iraq on Friday, an act of solidarity with an ancient but dwindling Christian community and a symbolic outreach to Muslims.
His successor Benedict XVI never made moves towards Baghdad. Soon after Francis was elected pope in 2013, he was urged to visit Iraq by Father Louis Sako – later appointed as Cardinal and the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church and now a key organiser of the visit.
Francis hopes his Iraq trip could open a similar door to Shiite Muslims, who number roughly 200 million worldwide but are the majority in Iraq.