The president of Iraq, Barham Salih, has invited Pope Francis to visit the country through a message transmitted to the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Parolin, who has traveled there these days, the Vatican newspaper reported today. "L'Osservatore Roman".
Parolin began his visit to Iraq on December 24 and is scheduled to conclude today.
The Vatican secretary of state has moved to this country to bring his closeness to the Christian community, victim of persecution in recent years, and in his stay has also approached Iraqi Kurdistan.
The Cardinal's visit began on December 24 with the celebration of the Rooster Mass in the Latin cathedral of Baghdad.
There, Parolin lamented "the tragic and unjust experience of violence and terrorism" that they have suffered in this region.
Parolin has also visited Erbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan, where he has met with government representatives from this region of northern Iraq and also with displaced Christians, most of whom fled from Mosul, persecuted by Islamic State (IS) militias. .
On May 30, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry reported that Pope Francis wanted to visit Iraq after the formation of a new government and after the defeat of the terrorist group EI.
According to the official Iraqi communiqué, the Vatican secretary of state communicated the intention of the pontiff to the Iraqi ambassador to the Holy See, Omar Ahmed Karim Berzinyi, during a meeting in the Vatican.