Iraq’s Catholics pray Covid doesn’t delay papal trip

Iraq’s Catholics pray Covid doesn’t delay papal trip Volunteers clean the Syriac Catholic Church of St Thomas in Mosul. News reports said the effort “seeks to sweep away the horrors” of three years of rule by Islamic State militants and welcome back members of minority faiths who fled IS. Photo: CNS
Catholics in Iraq are not giving up on a papal visit despite Pope Francis recently saying the pandemic might stop him from going: at the request of Cardinal Patriarch Raphael Sako, they’re reciting a prayer specifically for the trip scheduled for March 5-8 to take place. “Lord our God, grant Pope Francis health and safety…
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