Popes began making visits outside Italy only in the 1960s. Such journeys are meticulously planned and tightly organised. But this journey must rate as the most dangerous.
Pope Francis will become the first pope to visit Iraq, visiting Baghdad, the plain of Ur, Mosul, and Qaraqosh between March 5 and March 8 and will surely bring a breath of fresh hope to this long- suffering nation.
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Let us pray for Pope Francis, to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Most Chaste Heart of Saint Joseph, as he embarks on this journey of Peace and Healing.