6 Mar 2021

Pope makes powerful plea for peaceful coexistence in historic meeting with top Shi’a cleric

The Pope has held an historic meeting with Iraq’s top Shi’a cleric where he made a powerful appeal for peaceful coexistence.

Pope Francis thanked the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani for speaking up “in defence of the weakest and most persecuted” during some of the most turbulent times in Iraq’s history.