The prime minister of Iraqi Kurdistan met with Pope Francis in the Vatican. Masrour Barzani says they spoke about the situation in Iraq and the Middle East.
The prime minister likely reinvited the pope to visit the region.
During their meeting, they discussed the importance of interreligious dialogue in promoting tolerance and ending extremism.
Pope Francis emphasized this message with this gift. It's a copy of the Document on Human Fraternity he signed in Abu Dhabi with Muslim leaders a year ago.
“I would like people of different religions to be able to embrace one another.”
The pope was also struck by this photograph of a cross raised in a town after the defeat of the Islamic State.
The cordial meeting ended with a mutual request.
“Once again, thank you. I express our gratitude.”
“Pray for me.”
“And please, you pray for us.”
A few weeks ago, Pope Francis met with Barham Salih, president of Iraq. The pope asked him to guarantee the safety of Christians in Iraq and to make sure they are included in the country's future.