Mar 5, 2021,
Photos: Pope Francis Arrives In Iraq, Marking The Nation’s First Papal Visit
Palash GhoshForbes Staff
TOPLINE Pope Francis arrived in Baghdad on Friday—the first ever papal visit to Iraq—despite the Covid pandemic and ongoing violence in a country with a dwindling Christian population.
ROME, ITALY – MARCH 05: Pope Francis waves as he
Pope Francis, 84, arrived in Baghdad at 2 pm local time, along with his security detail, aides and about 75 journalists, for the three-day trip.
To protect the pontiff, the Iraq government has deployed thousands of security personnel, a few days after the al-Asad airbase in western Iraq which hosts U.S. and coalition troops was targeted by at least 10 rocket attacks by Iran-backed militias