Pope Francis arrives in Baghdad for risky, historic Iraq tour

Pope Francis arrives in Baghdad for risky, historic Iraq tourMarch 6, 2021

Pontiff, 84, continues visit amid tight security and concerns about rising Covid infection rates

Pope Francis has had a symbolic meeting with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, one of the most senior clerics in Shia Islam, in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf.

The historic meeting in Sistani’s home was months in the making, with every detail painstakingly discussed and negotiated between the ayatollah’s office and the Vatican.

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