BAGHDAD — Pope Francis has wrapped up a historic whirlwind tour of Iraq that sought to bring hope to the country’s marginalized Christian minority with a message of coexistence, forgiveness and peace.
The pontiff and his traveling delegation were seen off with a farewell ceremony at the Baghdad airport from where he departed for Rome.
The four-day papal visit has covered five provinces across Iraq.
People gathered in crowds to catch a glimpse of the pope wherever he went, fueling coronavirus concerns.
Few wore facemasks, especially during all of Francis’ visits on Sunday in northern Iraq.