Beyond piety and PR: What Pope Francis must bring to Iraq

Editor’s note: This article is part of our special coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq. The rest of our coverage can be accessed on this regularly updated portal. Go back for a minute to the year 2000 when Pope John-Paul II was getting ready to visit Iraq during the celebrations of the Jubilee Year. Like Pope Francis, he too had accepted an invitation by the Catholic bishops of Iraq to visit the country but the negotiations between the Vatican and Iraqi authorities faltered and the pontifical visit never took place. This is one reason why, despite the twin threats of Covid-19 and terrorism…

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