Pope Francis in veiled ‘two-finger salute’ to ISIS capital – ‘Rome has come to Mosul’
Pope Francis gave a veiled ‘two-finger salute’ to ISIS during a symbolic trip to Mosul in Iraq. The Pope spoke and prayed among the ruins of Mosul’s churches, several of which were obliterated during the battle against ISIS. Christians were among those most brutally persecuted by ISIS when they seized Mosul in 2014.
During his visit to the Church Square, the Pope prayed for the victims of the war with ISIS, which left tens of thousands of civilians dead.
He told the crowd the exodus of Christians from Iraq and the broader Middle East had done “incalculable harm not just to the individuals and communities concerned but also to the society they leave behind”.
The Pope arrived in a convoy of five helicopters and amid extremely tight security.
Sky News’ Mark Stone spoke from Mosul: “In a trip full of historic firsts, this was the most symbolic moment.”