Pope arrives in Mosul, Iraqi city left in ruins by IS

Published March 7, 2021, 3:46 PM

by Agence-France-Presse

Pope Francis landed on Sunday in Mosul, the ancient crossroads of northern Iraq now lying in ruins following the three-year reign of the Islamic State group.

Pope Francis, is greeted by Masour Barzani (L) Prime Minister of the 9th cabinet of the Kurdistan Regional Government as the President of the autonomous Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani (R), looks on, upon his arrival at Arbil airport on March 7, 2021, in the capital of the northern Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region. – Pope Francis, on his historic Iraq tour, visits today Christian communities that endured the brutality of the Islamic State group until the jihadists’ “caliphate” was defeated three years ago. (Photo by Safin HAMED / AFP)

Arriving in a convoy of five helicopters and amid extremely tight security, the pope will hold a prayer service for the “victims of war” outside a church ravaged by IS.