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Pope Francis receives credentials of new ambassador of Iraq to the Holy See


This marked the accreditation of the new ambassador of Iraq to the Holy See, Rahman Farhan Abdullah Al-Ameri.

“I thank Your Holiness for accepting me as ambassador to the Holy See.”

In the middle of this cordial meeting in the Apostolic Palace, the new ambassador gave the pope an engraving of the city of Ur, historically related to Abraham's birthplace.

“A gift for you, Holy Father.”

“Thank you, I appreciate it.”

“This has touched my heart.”

“We, as Iraqis, want to protect this.”

Pope Francis, in turn, gave him a copy of the most important texts of his pontificate. Among them was the document on Human Fraternity the pope signed in Abu Dhabi.

“There are also the Arabic translations.”

The pope usually gives rosaries to ambassadors who present their credentials. On this occasion however, because he was dealing with an Islamic country, he made a special gesture.

“This is the medallion for the eighth anniversary of the pontificate.”

“Thank you.”

The meeting ended with a private audience in the pope's study. The two leaders discussed a variety of important topics and the relations that have united the two states since 1966.