The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer

Papal visit to Iraq: Breaking historic ground pockmarked by religious and political minefields

March 4, 2021

When Pope Francis sets foot in Iraq on Friday, he will be breaking historic ground while manoeuvring religious and political minefields. So will his foremost religious counterpart, Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali al-Husayni al-Sistani, one of the Shia Muslim world’s foremost scholars and leaders.

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