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Surrounded by destroyed buildings people arrive to join Pope Francis who will pray for the victims of war at Hosh Al Bieaa Church Square, in Mosul, Iraq, once the de-facto capital of Daesh on March 7, 2021. Image Credit: AP

Mosul: Pope Francis arrived in Mosul on Sunday to pray in the decimated northern Iraqi city that was once a stronghold for Daesh and where Christians now number little more than a few dozen families.

The 84-year-old pontiff flew by helicopter from nearby Erbil on the third day of his historic tour of Iraq. In Erbil, he met the leaders of the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan region.