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Pope Francis reads the liturgy as he leads mass at Baghdad's Saint Joseph Cathedral on the second day of the first papal visit to Iraq on March 6, 2021. - Pope Francis made a plea for peace today, telling those gathered at an interreligious service in southern Iraq that he hoped the world would "journey from conflict to unity." Image Credit: AFP

Baghdad: Pope Francis began delivering Saturday in Baghdad the first public mass of his Iraq trip to a spare gathering of faithful and officials due to coronavirus restrictions, AFP reporters said. With this papal mass in the church of St. Joseph in central Baghdad, the 84-year-old pontiff is presiding over his first-ever liturgy in the Eastern rite.