Bagdad, Iraq (Clarity Times). Pope Francis landed in Bagdad on Friday, March 5, 2021 as the first Pope to ever step foot in Iraq. During this historical visit, Pope Francis is scheduled to meet with members of the Iraq Christian community and top political figures to discuss the situation on the ground.
The Vatican leader who travels for the first since Covid-19 started last year explains that he is happy to be able travel again and especially in Iraq that has been a martyred land for so long.
Right after landing, Pope Francis met with the Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and President Barham Salih. Among other meetings and places to visit, the pontiff will visit the Grand Ayatollah Ai-Al-Sistani in Najaf. He will also visit plain of Ur, which is considered to be the birthplace of Abraham. Furthermore, the pope will stop in Erbil to meet with the prime minister and the president again before celebrating a mass with the church members on Sunday.
Pop Francis will leave Iraq on Monday, March 8, 2021 to return to Italy.