His Holiness Pope Francis expresses gratitude to the Iraqi President and to the Iraqis


While leaving Iraq's airspace, on Monday, March 8, 2021, His Holiness Pope Francis sent a message to the President of the Republic of Iraq, Barham Salih. It was conveyed by the Captain of the aircraft's flight through the Baghdad Air Traffic Control Center.
The text of the message follows:
"To his Excellency Barham Salih, President of the Republic of Iraq, Baghdad.
As I leave Iraq after the conclusion of my apostolic journey, I once more express my deep gratitude to your Excellency and the beloved people of Iraq for the warm welcome and the generous hospitality extended to me during my stay.
With fervent good wishes and prayers for the peace, unity, and prosperity of the nation I invoke upon all the copious blessing of the most high God."