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Historic first: Iraq prepares for papal visit

In defiance of both the Covid-19 pandemic and security concerns, Pope Francis has confirmed that the first ever papal visit to Iraq is going ahead. The three-day trip, starting on March 5, will see the pope meet ancient Christian communities persecuted during the Islamic State group's reign of terror. He'll also be taking part in an interfaith service in the ancient Mesopotamian city of Ur. We take a closer look.
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