Pope Francis Arrives in Iraq for Historic Visit

Pope Francis arrived in Baghdad as he began his historic papal visit to Iraq on March 5.

The Vatican said the pope met with Iraqi refugees living in Italy before flying out of Rome’s Fiumicino airport on Friday morning.

Pope Francis was scheduled to meet Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and President Barham Salih on the first day of the visit. The trip is the first time a pope has visited Iraq. Credit: Vatican News via Storyful