Photo Story: Scenes from the Pope’s visit to regions of Iraq once held by ISIS

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A collection of photos from the visit on Sunday by Pope Francis, on a historic trip to Iraq, in Mosul to encourage the binding of sectarian wounds and to pray for the dead of any religion.

Pope Francis will visit other areas that were under the control of ISIS among them he visited Qaraqosh  where he visited the town’s restored Grand Immaculate Church – Iraq’s largest – as part of a four-day tour of the country that aims to boost the morale of the country’s small Christian communities.

A handout picture provided by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis (2-R) at a square near the ruins of the Syriac Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception (al-Tahira-l-Kubra), in the old city of Iraq’s northern Mosul, Iraq. EPA-EFE/VATICAN MEDIA
Pope Francis, is shown the devastation of Syrian Catholic Cathedral, the four-church complex at Hosh al-Bieaa Church Square, after a prayer for the victims of the war at Church Square, Mosul, Iraq. EPA-EFE/ALESSANDRO DI MEO

Pope Francis is visiting parts of northern Iraq that were held by Islamic State (IS) militants on the third day of his historic trip to the country.

Christians were among those targeted by IS when they seized the region in 2014, carrying out human rights abuses.

Pope Francis attends a prayer for the victims of the war at Church Square, Mosul, Iraq. EPA-EFE/ALESSANDRO DI MEO
Pope Francis attends a prayer for the victims of the war at Church Square, Mosul, Iraq. EPA-EFE/ALESSANDRO DI MEO

The Pope has arrived in the city of Mosul where he is praying among the ruins of its churches, several of which were destroyed during the fighting.

Later he will celebrate Mass in Irbil, with up to 10,000 attendees expected.

Main Photo: Pope Francis attends a prayer for the victims of the war at Church Square, Mosul, Iraq, 07 March 2021. Pope Francis began on 05 March a three-day official visit in Iraq, the first papal visit to this country affected throughout the years by war, insecurity and lately COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. EPA-EFE/ALESSANDRO DI MEO

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