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Monday, October 24, 2016
Pope receives Iraqi president
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¬†"The Holy See plays an important role for peace in Iraq because it gives moral and spiritual comfort to all Iraqis," said Iraqi president Jalal Talabani meeting journalists at the end of an audience with the Pope at the Vatican during his first official visit to Italy yesterday. During a press conference, Talabani, said that he also discussed the draft of the new constitution 'approved' in a referendum last October 15. The Holy See did not release any statement on the contents of the visit. The meeting between Talabani and Benedict XVI which took place in the Throne Hall, lasted a half hour and opened with words form the Iraqi president, who expressed great pleasure at having received the honour of having the Pope receive him. Christians account for some 10% of the Iraqi population and fared rather well during the decidedly secular regime of Saddam Hussein, where many reached important posts in the administration and government ≠ the Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz was Christian. Source: MISNA
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