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Coverage plans for Pope Francis trip to Iraq from March 5-8

Daily Herald 01 Mar 2021
Pope Francis arrives in Iraq this week, the first papal visit since the pandemic began and the first-ever papal visit to Iraq ... The Associated Press plans comprehensive coverage, including live video ... VATICAN-IRAQ ... Pope Francis' planned visit to the church brings hope that Iraq's Christians can finally live in peace with their neighbors ... VATICAN-IRAQ.
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Which Christian sects live in Iraq?

The National 01 Mar 2021
Pope Francis visits Iraq on a historic four-day trip beginning March 5 ... Iraq is overwhelmingly Muslim but hosts several ancient Christian communities. There are 14 officially recognised Christian sects in Iraq. Most live in Baghdad, the northern Nineveh Plains province and Iraq's self-run Kurdistan region ... Most Chaldeans live in Iraq, Iran and Lebanon.
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Iraq church attack survivor recalls horror as Pope Francis prepares to visit

The National 01 Mar 2021
After the attack she rushed back to Iraq from her home in London, where she has lived since the early 1990s, to bury her mother and brother ... Pope Francis will visit pray for the lives lost at the church and encourage members of Iraq’s beleaguered Christian community who fled the the country to return home.
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Kin of Iraq church attack victims recalls horror as Pope Francis prepares to visit

The National 01 Mar 2021
It has impacted our lives, families and future ... After the attack she rushed back to Iraq from her home in London, where she has lived since the early 1990s, to bury her mother and brother ... Pope Francis will visit pray for the lives lost at the church and encourage members of Iraq’s beleaguered Christian community who fled the country to return home.
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Vatican correspondent hails pope’s ‘historic journey’ to Iraq

Arab News 01 Mar 2021
International media are following the pope’s visit to Iraq with enormous interest ... Francis is the first pope to go to Iraq, and he’ll be the first head of the Christian Church to enter the house of Abraham in Ur, where the history of Christianity began,” Manuela Tulli, Vatican correspondent for ANSAItaly’s main news agency — told Arab News.
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Pope Francis in Iraq: everything you need to know about pontiff's visit

The National 01 Mar 2021
Pope Francis this week visits Iraq, a country dubbed the cradle of civilisation and home to many of the Bible's most famous stories – including Noah’s ark ... When does Pope Francis visit Iraq?. Pope Francis arrives in Iraq on Friday, March 5 at around noon ... Are there Christians in Iraq? ... Where can I watch Pope Francis' visit to Iraq live?.
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In oil-rich Iraq, a few women buck norms, take rig site jobs

New York Post 01 Mar 2021
iraq ... Contractor killed, service member wounded in rocket strike near US base in Iraq ... BASRA, Iraq — It’s nearly dawn and Zainab Amjad has been up all night working on an oil rig in southern Iraq ... The women, both 24, are among just a handful who have eschewed the dreary office jobs typically handed to female petroleum engineers in Iraq.
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Pope's upcoming Iraq trip 'dangerous', says Benedict XVI

The New Arab 01 Mar 2021
Former Pope Benedict XVI warned that his successor Pope Francis' visit to Iraq was "dangerous" because of security and coronavirus concerns. Benedict XVI, who resigned as pontiff eight years ago, warned in an interview published on Monday that Pope Francis' historic upcoming trip to Iraq was "dangerous".
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Papal visit: How Iraq plans to keep Pope Francis safe

The National 01 Mar 2021
But due to the added risk in Iraq, the pope might not undertake some of his more customary practices when visiting countries ... This, however, might not be allowed in Iraq ... Iraq ... For decades, Iraq was home to a vibrant Christian community, where different faiths lived in peace among the country’s Muslim majority and enjoyed government protection.
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Iraqi parliament recognises ISIS crimes against Yazidis and other groups as genocide

The National 01 Mar 2021
For centuries, the Yazidis – who follow an ancient monotheistic religion, but are falsely seen by some as devil-worshippers – lived in the mountains in north-west Iraq where their ancestral villages, temples and shrines are located. The Yazidi community in Iraq numbered about 700,000 before 2014, according to their leaders.
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UN calls for children in Syria camps to be allowed home

The News International 01 Mar 2021
They hail from Syria, neighbouring Iraq and dozens of other foreign countries ... A spate of killings, including decapitations, has rocked the camp since the start of the year, and humanitarian actors have repeatedly deplored living conditions there ... IS overran large parts of Syria and Iraq in 2014.
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'Looking for a flamingo?': Iraq's lucrative bird trafficking industry

The Observer 01 Mar 2021
He has been selling birds – wild and bred – at the bird market in Amara, in Iraq’s Maysan province, for more than 30 years. A pet flamingo that lives on Ali Abou Hussein’s farm outside Amara ... However, several international agreements, ratified by Iraq, protect migrating birds and forbid poaching in the marshes.
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International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2021: Longlisted novels present the 'many tragic faces of Arab reality'

The National 01 Mar 2021
After interpreting a dream in The Great Book of Interpretation of Dreams, ascribed to Ibn Sirin, he starts to believe he was someone called Yazid bin Abihi, who lived in the 2nd Hijri century (8th century AD) in Basra, Iraq ... The Bird Tattoo by Iraqi poet Dunya Mikhail is a painful novel about the sale of Yazidi women in Iraq by ISIS.

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