Before the pope travels to Iraq at the beginning of March, he and his fellow travelers are to be vaccinated against corona. This was reported by the US magazine “America” according to Kathpress online on Tuesday with reference to Vatican circles. Like other states, the Vatican has already ordered vaccine doses. On Monday, the Vatican had announced the Pope’s plans for a trip to Iraq from March 5 to 8.
The course and program will be announced later, taking into account the further development of the pandemic. The travel announcement came as a surprise, because many observers had hardly expected a papal trip in 2021 due to the pandemic. In addition, the security situation in Iraq has so far prevented such a high-ranking visit.
Although Christians are a tiny minority in Iraq, many will try to experience the head of the church live in the places where they live. Even if mass gatherings are not to be expected, there is an increased risk of infection. Francis would be the first pope to visit Mesopotamia.
- hp, with reports from kathpress.at and derstandard.at. picture: pixabay.com
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