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    The pope, who is foregoing the usual open-air pope mobile for this visit, traveled by armored car to Our Lady of Salvation church in the Karrada district in central Baghdad to pay his respects at the site of suicide bombing terrorist attack. Stopping at a memorial for the 48 victims, Francis called it a "hallowed place" where Christian martyrs "paid the ultimate price of their fidelity."

    "Their deaths are a powerful reminder that inciting war, hateful attitudes, violence or the shedding of blood are incompatible with authentic religious teachings," the pope told the Catholic clergy present.

by Oui on Sun Mar 7th, 2021 at 06:57:16 PM EST
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