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Iraq’s Minister of Foreign Affairs visits the Pope

The Pope had a 30-minute meeting with Iraq’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fuad Hussein.

Although he normally meets only with heads of state, he made an exception to express his gratitude for the welcome he received during his recent trip to Iraq.

The minister gave him a replica of an ancient bas-relief.

The Pope gave the diplomat a sculpture of an olive branch, a symbol of peace.

This is what we need.

We need peace.

You can count on my prayers.

Thank you!

The Pope asked the diplomat to convey his greetings to the entire country. And he reiterated his hope that all people will “grow in solidarity and in the ability to acknowledge themselves as responsible for the vulnerabilities of others.”