Pope Francis is flying to Iraq for the first ever papal visit to the country, and his first international trip since the start of the pandemic, APA reports citing BBC.
The four-day trip is meant to reassure Iraq's dwindling Christian community and foster inter-religious dialogue.
The Pope will meet Iraq's most revered Shia Muslim cleric, say a prayer in Mosul and celebrate Mass at a stadium.
He has insisted on travelling despite a new spike in Covid-19 infections in Iraq and concerns over his security.
About 10,000 Iraqi Security Forces personnel will be deployed to protect the Pope, while round-the-clock curfews are also being imposed to limit the spread of the coronavirus.