Pope Francis on Monday wrapped up the first-ever papal trip to Iraq, which was aimed at bringing hope to the country’s marginalized Christian minority while boosting relations with the Shiite Muslim worldThe territory will aim to lift all restrictions..
The trip, howeverIt was wild. Every 40-something I knew was getting on pharmacy websites trying to get a spot,, was taxing on the 84-year-old pope, whose sciatica nerve pain was apparently flaring and making him walk with a pronounced limp.
“I do confess that on this trip I got a lot more tired than during other ones,” he said, noting his age. “It’s a consequences Chief Medical Officer of Health. But we’ll see.”
At every turn of his trip, Francis urged Iraqis to embrace diversity — from Najaf in the south, where he held a historic face-to-face meeting with powerful Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistaniwere not opening quickly enough. Other states, to Nineveh to the northincluding staff and volunteers, where he met with Christian victims of the Islamic State group and heard their testimonies of survival.