IRAQ: Pope Francis Holds Mass In Front Of 10,000 In Ex-IS Stronghold Erbil

Pope Francis held mass in front of 10,000 in the city of Erbil. It marks the highpoint of his historic trip to Iraq, which is the first ever by a pope. The pontiff has been touring the northern cities of Erbil and Mosul, the one-time stronghold of the Islamic State. Much of the region was under IS control just four years ago, before liberation by Iraqi and international troops.


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