From March 5 to 8, 2021, Pope Francis made an historic visit to Iraq, including meetings with a range of political and religious leaders. The trip served multiple purposes, including demonstrating solidarity with a beleaguered Christian community, advancing dialogue with the Muslim world, and supporting efforts to promote peace and reconciliation in the Middle East.
Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J., the editor-in-chief of La Civiltà Cattolica who accompanied Pope Francis to Iraq, Riccardo Cristiano, Italian journalist and Vatican expert, and Shaun Casey, director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, discussed the Pope’s trip and its religious and political significance.
This event was sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University and La Civiltà Cattolica (Rome) in partnership with Georgetown’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life and Georgetown Representative Office in Rome.
With thanks to the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University.