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Pope, top Iraq Shiite cleric deliver message of coexistence

UPDATED: Sat., March 6, 2021

PLAINS OF UR, Iraq – Pope Francis walked through a narrow alley in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf for a historic meeting with the country’s top Shiite cleric Saturday, and together they delivered a powerful message of peaceful coexistence in a country still reeling from back-to-back conflicts over the past decade.
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Pope urges Iraq to embrace its Christians on historic visit

UPDATED: Fri., March 5, 2021

BAGHDAD — Pope Francis opened the first-ever papal visit to Iraq on Friday with a plea for the country to protect its centuries-old diversity, urging Muslims to embrace their Christian neighbors as a precious resource and asking the embattled Christian community -- “though small like a mustard seed” -- to persevere.
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Abortion concerns prompt archdiocese warning on vaccine

UPDATED: Tue., March 2, 2021

NEW ORLEANS – Roman Catholic leaders in St. Louis and New Orleans are advising Catholics that the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, newly approved for use in the U.S., is “morally compromised” because it is produced using a cell line derived from an aborted fetus.
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Vatican defends pope’s Iraq trip amid virus as ‘act of love’

UPDATED: Tue., March 2, 2021

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican defended Pope Francis’ decision to go ahead with his trip to Iraq this weekend despite rising coronavirus infections there, saying Tuesday all health care precautions have been taken and that the trip is an “act of love for this land, for its people and for its Christians.”