On board the papal plane, Mar 5 (EFE) .- The Pope made a gesture of closeness to the Palestinian population today, by sending a greeting in a telegram during the overflight of their territory when he traveled to Iraq.
“As I fly over the Palestinian territories during my flight to Iraq, I extend my cordial greetings to His Excellency (the President, Mahmoud Abbas) and all his dear citizens,” Francis said in the telegram sent to the Palestinian authorities.
“I pray that the Most High bless the Palestinians with peace and well-being,” the pope added in the text.
Francisco began his three-day trip to Iraq today, one of the most difficult and risky due to the pandemic and the latest missiles launched against bases of the international coalition forces, but with the determined intention of bringing his closeness to the Christian community in the country, brutally persecuted by the terrorists of the Islamic State (IS).
The Alitalia company flight took off at 7:44 local time (6:44 GMT) from the Roman airport of Fiumicino and it is scheduled that, after traveling 2,947 kilometers, it will land at Baghdad airport at 2:00 p.m. local time (10:00 GMT) .
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