Pope lands in Iraq amid virus and security risks

But Pope Francis is defiant, telling me on the plane from Rome that he is “very happy” to be on a “special trip”. He clearly feels that this land, so central to Christianity, has waited too long for a papal visit, that its dwindling and long-terrorised Christian community needs to feel emboldened so as to remain here – and that there is no time to lose to bring a message of peace and hope to Iraq.

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