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Dale Gavlak - Catholic News Service
Pope Francis hopes to embark on the first-ever papal visit to the biblical land of Iraq in early March in a spiritual pilgrimage.
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Inside the Vatican
This week on “Inside the Vatican,” host Colleen Dulle and Gerard O’Connell look at the challenges facing Pope Francis' scheduled trip to Iraq.
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Nicole Winfield - Associated PressSamya Kullab, Associated Press
Iraq’s top Catholic official said Thursday that a deadly suicide bombing in Baghdad hasn’t thwarted Pope Francis’ plans to visit.
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Inside the Vatican
This week on “Inside the Vatican,” host Colleen Dulle and Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell talk about how the Vatican is weighing the pastoral needs of Iraq’s embattled Christian community and the health and safety concerns for Pope Francis and for the crowds who want to see him.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
While a visit from the pope will no doubt provide a spiritual and psychological boost to Nineveh Christians, under the current pandemic conditions it is a prospect that must give local public health officials pause.
 Pope Francis greets Iraqi President Barham Salih at the Vatican Jan. 25, 2020. The Vatican has confirmed Pope Francis will visit Iraq March 5-8. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Vatican sources acknowledge the visit, which Pope Francis has long hoped for, is “risky” under current conditions.