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Pope Francis Defends Iraq Trip During Coronavirus Pandemic

posted on March 9, 2021

Jason Horowitz of The New York Times reports that the pope defended his recent trip to Iraq during a press conference on his flight home. Horowitz writes, “Critics have said Francis’ high-profile trip, which involved many stops drawing thousands of people, sent a dangerous and irresponsible message to a world still in the grips of a lethal pandemic fueled by fast-spreading virus variants.” The visit served as a symbol of the Vatican’s continued outreach to the Muslim world. During his time in Iraq, the pope met with Iraq’s most senior Shiite cleric, and the pontiff visited a Christian community that was decimated by the Islamic State.

Read at The New York Times