Pope Francis arrived in Baghdad Friday for a three-day visit to war-torn Iraq. In his first international trip since the pandemic began, Francis hopes to convince the collapsing Christian population to rebuild after decades of war and oppression, according to WaPo. Since the 2003 US-led invasion of the oil-rich country, about one million Christians have fled; 2017 estimates show the population may be around 500k.
HAPPENING TODAY: Pope Francis has arrived in Baghdad, marking the first ever papal visit to Iraq.— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) March 5, 2021
His trip will rally the country's dwindling Christian community after decades of war pic.twitter.com/ughzpG6axK