Pope Francis, who is scheduled to go to Iraq on Friday, appealed to pray and pray so that the visit would take place “in the best possible way and achieve the desired fruits.”
Pope Francis confirmed, on Wednesday, that he is going to Iraq, because “people cannot be let down again,” referring to the inability of the late Pope John Paul to go to him in 2000.
And Pope Francis, who is scheduled to go to Iraq, on Friday, appealed to pray and pray so that the visit would take place “in the best possible way and achieve the desired fruits.”
The Pope did not address the security problems in Iraq, where, on Wednesday, no less than 10 missiles fell on an air base hosting US and Iraqi forces and another belonging to the international coalition, where a civilian was killed as a result of the bombing.
The Vatican defended Pope Francis’ decision to proceed with his visit to Iraq, despite the high number of Corona cases there.
Pope Francis is visiting Iraq on his first trip outside the country since the start of the pandemic last year.
Planning for the visit began after the number of infections decreased, but the number rose again last month, and infectious disease experts say that a papal visit to a country with a fragile health system is not a good idea at all.