Pope Francis, surrounded by religious dignitaries at a square near the ruins of the Syriac Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception (al-Tahira-l-Kubra), in the old city of Iraq’s northern Mosul on March 7, 2021. (Photo by – / various sources / AFP)

Pope, top Shiite cleric plead for ‘peace’ in historic Iraq encounter

Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, one of Shiite Islam’s top clerics, told Pope Francis in a historic meeting in Iraq on Saturday that the country’s Christians should live in “peace”. The meeting, on…

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Pope Francis delivers a sermon at Baghdad’s Syro-Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation (Sayidat al-Najat) at the start of the first ever papal visit to Iraq on March 5, 2021. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP)

‘Silence the arms!’ Pope urges end to violence on historic Iraq trip

Pope Francis called for an end to extremism and violence in his opening address Friday on the first-ever papal visit to Iraq, long scarred by war and now gripped by…

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This photo taken on January 17, 2021 and handout on January 18, 2021 by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis gesturing during a weekly live streamed Angelus prayer from the library of the apostolic palace in The Vatican. (Photo by Handout / VATICAN MEDIA / AFP)

In historic first, Pope Francis to visit Iraq

Pope Francis is to arrive Friday for the first-ever papal visit to conflict-torn Iraq, aiming to encourage the dwindling Christian community to remain in their ancient homeland, and broaden his…

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US killing catapults Iraq back to aftermath of 2003 invasion

Iraqi factions threatening to oust US troops, officials denouncing American “violations” and fears of a new Gulf war: a US strike has catapulted Iraq back to the tumultuous aftermath of…

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Iraqi PM pledges reforms to calm angry protests

The Iraqi government announced a series of reforms early Sunday after an “extraordinary” session overnight in response to sweeping anti-government rallies that have left nearly 100 dead in less than…

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Iraqi security forces cut off Jamhuriya bridge, which leads to Baghdad’s administrative and diplomatic Green Zone, with military vehicles near the Iraqi capital’s Tahrir Square in central Baghdad on October 5, 2019 after a curfew was lifted following a day of violent protests.

Baghdad curfew lifted but Iraq on alert for new protests

A curfew was lifted in Baghdad on Saturday following days of protests which have left nearly 100 dead, but tensions remained after firebrand cleric Moqtada Sadr demanded the government quit….

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(Photo) A view of a replica of Ishtar gate at the ancient city of Babylon near Hilla, Iraq July 5, 2019/REUTERS (Thaier Al-Sudani)

Ancient Iraqi city of Babylon designated UNESCO World Heritage Site

RUINS OF BABYLON, Iraq (Reuters) – The ancient city of Babylon, first referenced in a clay tablet from the 23rd century B.C., was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site on…

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