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In-depth: Amid an outpouring of hope over Pope Francis' visit, much work is still needed to rebuild Mosul from the ruins of war and protect Iraq's Christian community.

In-depth: Beyond the image of tolerance and coexistence promoted by Kurdish authorities, Christian communities in Iraqi Kurdistan have long suffered discrimination and exploitation.

Iraqi PM declares National Day of Coexistence

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Iraqi PM declares National Day of Coexistence

Iraq’s prime minister has declared March 6 a National Day of Tolerance and Coexistence in Iraq.

Pope to visit Iraq church damaged by IS militants

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Pope to visit Iraq church damaged by IS militants

For Christians, the IS reign dealt a blow to a population already shrinking since the security breakdown and rise of militancy that followed the ...

Pope meets top Iraq Shia cleric in interfaith milestone

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Pope meets top Iraq Shia cleric in interfaith milestone

The two elderly, respected men of religion met at Sistani's humble home in the shrine city of Najaf on Saturday, the second day of the ...

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Pope urges Iraq to embrace its Christians on visit

Pope Francis opened his historic trip with a plea for Iraq's Muslims to embrace their Christian neighours as a precious resource.

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Pope urges end to violence on historic Iraq trip

The pope is defying the pandemic and renewed security fears to make a "long-awaited" trip to comfort one of the world's oldest Christian ...

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Pope Francis 'happy' to land in Iraq

Banners all over Najaf have celebrated "the historic encounter, between the minarets and the church bells".

Pope Francis in Iraq: Healing, piety and PR

Harry Hagopian

Pope Francis in Iraq: Healing, piety and PR

Comment: Pope Francis' highly anticipated visit to Iraq places a host of spiritual and political expectations on the charismatic pontiff. Here's ...

Gaja Pellegrini-Bettoli

Pope Francis in Iraq: A bridge of faith

In-depth: Pope Francis is making history with his trip to Iraq, bringing a message of solidarity to Iraqi Christians while forging a path of ...

Pope to visit Iraq as 'pilgrim of peace'

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Pope to visit Iraq as 'pilgrim of peace'

On the eve of his historic trip, Pope Francis extended the olive branch to those of other religious, describing himself as a "pilgrim of peace ...

Ireland to reopen embassy in Iran by 2023

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Ireland to reopen embassy in Iran by 2023

The reopening is part of the Global Ireland initiative to increase the country's global impact.

Pope's upcoming Iraq trip 'dangerous', says Benedict XVI

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Pope's upcoming Iraq trip 'dangerous', says Benedict XVI

Former Pope Benedict XVI warned that his successor Pope Francis' visit to Iraq was "dangerous" because of security and coronavirus concerns

Papal visit to Iraq to go ahead despite concerns

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Papal visit to Iraq to go ahead despite concerns

The 84-year-old pope will make his first visit to the country despite being in to coronavirus age risk group.

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Experts voice concern over pope trip to Iraq

The March 5-8 trip is expected to provide a sorely-needed spiritual boost to Iraq's beleaguered Christians while furthering the Vatican's bridge-building efforts with the Muslim world.

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Vatican envoy to Iraq tests positive for coronavirus: officials

The Vatican's ambassador to Iraq Mitja Leskovar has been travelling across the country in recent weeks to prepare for the pope's ambitious visit.

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Pope hails dialogue ahead of meeting with Iraq cleric

The March 5-8 visit - the first ever by a pope - will include stops in Baghdad, Najaf, Nasiriya, Erbil, Mosul and Qaraqosh.

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Pope voices 'solidarity with people of Myanmar'

"I pray that those in power in the country will work... towards the common good."

Pope, Muslim leader celebrate fraternity anniversary

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Pope, Muslim leader celebrate fraternity anniversary

Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmad al-Tayyeb discussed a high-level commission to spread a greater mutual understanding and solidarity.

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World leaders congratulate US President Biden

World leaders extended their congratulations to US President Joe Biden.

Pope Francis, ex-pope Benedict get coronavirus vaccines: <em>Vatican</em>

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Pope Francis, ex-pope Benedict get coronavirus vaccines: Vatican

Pope Francis and his predecessor, former pope Benedict XVI, have received the Covid-19 vaccine

Pope: Pray for children in Syria, Iraq and Yemen

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Pope: Pray for children in Syria, Iraq and Yemen

Pope Francis touched on the plight of children caught up by war, singling out victims in Syria, Yemen and Iraq in his Christmas speech.

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