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Images from the Pope’s historic Iraq visit

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Pope Francis arrives to officiate mass with other priests at the Chaldean Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Baghdad on Saturday, March 6.

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Updated 12:13 PM ET, Sat March 6, 2021

Pope Francis arrives to officiate mass with other priests at the Chaldean Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Baghdad on Saturday, March 6.

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Pope Francis landed in Iraq on Friday for a historic tour of the war-ravaged nation, where he is meeting with members of the country’s dwindling Christian community and aiming to draw attention to their plight.

It’s the first-ever papal visit to Iraq, and it is Pope Francis’ first trip outside of Italy since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. He and his entourage have all been vaccinated.

“This is a symbolic trip. It’s a duty,” the Pope told journalists traveling with him on the papal plane. “It has been a martyred land for too long.”

Women wait outside the Chaldean Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Baghdad on March 6.

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Pope Francis is welcomed at Baghdad International Airport by Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on Friday, March 5.

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The Pope leaves a Baghdad church, Our Lady of Salvation, on Friday. The church was the site of a massacre in 2010.

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Pope Francis delivers his speech at Our Lady of Salvation. “We are gathered in this Cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation, hallowed by the blood of our brothers and sisters who here paid the ultimate price of their fidelity to the Lord and his Church,” the pontiff said.

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Nuns welcome Pope Francis at Our Lady of Salvation.

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People play cards at a tea house in Erbil, Iraq, as a television shows live footage of the Pope’s visit on Friday.

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The Pope speaks at the Presidential Palace in Baghdad on Friday.

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Iraqi President Barham Salih welcomes the Pope to the Presidential Palace.

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People in Baghdad stand by a road as they wait for Pope Francis to pass on Friday.

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People wear face masks with pictures of Pope Francis on Friday.

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A man sews the flag of Vatican City at a printing house in Erbil on Thursday, March 4.

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Posters in Baghdad are set up for Pope Francis on Thursday.

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