The sovereign pontiff will meet in Iraq the Grand Ayatollah Sistani, the highest authority of Shiite Islam. A very political message of peace.
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Pope Francis had already made history by going to Abu Dhabi in February 2019, the first visit of a sovereign pontiff to the Arabian Peninsula. There he found Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the flagship institution of Sunni Islam (90% of Muslims) which, unlike Catholicism, has no religious authority and recognizes no intermediary between God and the believer. On this occasion, the pope had signed a document on human fraternity for peace in the world and common coexistence between religions.
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Two years later, the head of the Catholic Church once again treads the land of Moye