Pope Francis meets embattled Iraqi Christians

    08-Mar-2021
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Pope Francis visited northern Iraq to meet Christians who have survived the brutality under Islamic State rule. Pope Francis landed early on March 7, at the airport in the Kurdish regional capital of Arbil, targeted just a few weeks ago by rockets that killed two people.
 
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The leader of the world's 1.3 billion Catholics met Iraq's top Shiite Muslim cleric, the reclusive Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, who agreed that Iraq's Christians should be able to live in "peace."
 
The Christian community of Iraq has shrunk from 1.5 million before the 2003 US-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein to only 400,000 now, about 1 per cent of the 40 million living in the Muslim-majority country.
 
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