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Speaking to the thousands of Iraqis gathered in Erbil, Pope Francis said Jesus alone "has the power to conquer our evils, to heal our diseases, to rebuild the temple of our heart."
Pope Francis on Sunday expressed joy at the vitality of the Church in Iraq despite years of fierce persecution.
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The church where the pope met the local Christians was recently completely restored after it was burned by the Islamic State.
Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with the local Christians, and added that he was grateful for the courage of mothers and all women in Iraq, praying that women in Iraq will be respected, protected, and provided with opportunities.
In his prayer, the pope referred to the city’s Al-Nouri Mosque, where on June 29, 2014, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a caliphate, known as the Islamic State, spanning Iraq and Syria.
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