Pope Francis holds historic assembly with revered Shia cleric in Iraq’s Najaf

Pope Francis holds historic meeting with revered Shia cleric in Iraq's Najaf

The papal assembly with the 90-year outdated Sistani — who not often seems in public — represented probably the most vital summits between a pope and a number one Shia Muslim determine in recent times.

Pope Francis’s four-day tour of Iraq throughout six cities is the first papal visit to the nation, and Francis’ first journey exterior Italy for the reason that coronavirus pandemic started. After Najaf, he’s anticipated to depart for Nasiriya, the place he’ll maintain an inter-religious assembly on the plain of Ur, thought-about the birthplace of Abraham.

The Pope touched down in Baghdad on Friday, the place he was met by Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi. Francis later met with clerics and different officers at a Baghdad church that was the positioning of a bloody 2010 bloodbath.

Iraq has imposed a complete curfew for the whole thing of the four-day papal go to to reduce well being and safety dangers. Francis is scheduled to depart Iraq on March 8.

Francis has met with main Sunni cleric Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb on a number of events previously, famously co-signing a 2019 doc pledging “human fraternity” between world religions.

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