Pope Francis will take a piece of Iraq with him

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. Capping his first day in Iraq, Pope Francis was gifted a miniature of an extraordinary work of art depicting a stage on the path to Christ’s crucifixion, designed by a Muslim artist. It was a touching welcome gift from President Barham Saleh, who invited Pope Francis to visit Iraq in 2019 — hoping it could help the country “heal” after years of strife. The bronze plaque received by Francis is a potent symbol of the struggles of …

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