Pope Francis is visiting Erbil today, as the Kurdistan Region of Iraq will be the last stop of his visit.
And will be at the forefront of his future, the President of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, Nechirvan Barzani, and a large number of government officials, and representatives of political, religious and social forces, and from various components in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Zain Anwar, the media coordinator for the Pope’s visit to the Kurdistan region of Iraq, said: “The importance of the Pope’s visit to Erbil, especially in the mass that he will hold in it, is the largest and final ceremonial mass of his tour, which he considered a pilgrimage to Mesopotamia, where about 10 thousand participants will attend.
He continued: “After his arrival and reception, officially at Erbil International Airport, he will leave by helicopter towards Mosul, to visit some churches that were destroyed by ISIS, especially the Al-Tahira Grand Church in Karakosh, which is the largest church in Iraq, which the Pope will visit and bless for the first time after Destroying them, and prayers will be performed in the courtyard of the church yard in Mosul, and people will be blessed there, and there will be no ceremonial prayer or mass in the city of Mosul. ”
He added: “The Pope will also visit some other places in Mosul, where there were victims at the hands of ISIS, where he will pray for the rest of their souls, bless those places, and return to Erbil, where he will visit the beginning of Ankawa district at 2 pm, and he will hold the festive divine mass at 4 pm. The largest in his Iraqi tour, in the capital of the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
With the return from Erbil to Baghdad, the Pope’s four-day visit will be over.