Ahead of visit to Iraq, Pope Francis says he will go as a ‘pilgrim of peace’


Times of Israel: On the eve of his historic trip to Iraq, Pope Francis paid tribute Thursday to those who have suffered from years of violence, saying he came as a “pilgrim of peace.”

“Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon” Revelation 13:11

In a video message, the 84-year-old offered his hand to “brothers and sisters of other religions,” but also highlighted the heavy toll paid by Iraq’s Christian communities, saying there had been “too many martyrs.”

“I come as a pilgrim of peace in search of fraternity, animated by the desire to pray together and to walk together, also with the brothers and sisters of other religions,” he added. Read More