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Pope Francis in Iraq (Speeches, Homilies and Prayers of Pope Francis in his Apostolic Journey to Iraq, March 2021)

Pope Francis in Iraq

GREETING TO JOURNALISTS ON THE FLIGHT TO BAGHDAD, IRAQ

March 5, 2021

Good morning, and thank you for the company. Thank you for coming. I am happy to resume the trips, and this is an emblematic journey. It is also a duty towards a land that has been tormented for so many years. Thank you for accompanying me. I will try to follow the instruction and not shake hands with anyone, but I do not want to stay far away: I will come round to greet you at closer quarters. Many thanks.

[The Pope makes a “tour” of the journalists]

I wish you a good journey. I would just like to... They had said to me that it was the birthday of one of you today, but perhaps it was a mistake... And the second thing I would like to say is that there are absences that are keenly felt, and today the role of “dean” of the press corps has pass from Valentina [Alazraki] to [Philip] Pulella. Valentina’s absence makes me rather sad, because she has accompanied us, the Popes, for 40 or 50 years... But I hope she will be with us on the next journey. And Pulella is our dean for this journey. Thank you!

 



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