Iraq Itinerary

Here is the itinerary for Pope Francis's historic first visit to Iraq from 5 - 8 March 2021.

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Friday, 5 March 2021

ROME – BAGHDAD

Morning

07:30 (UK time – 06:30)
Departure by plane
Fiumicino International Airport, Rome

Afternoon

14:00 (11:00 UK)
Arrival and welcome
Meeting with the Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi
Baghdad International Airport

15:00 (12 Midday UK)
Official welcome ceremony
Presidential Palace, Baghdad

15:15 (12:15 UK)
Courtesy visit to the President Barham Salih of the Republic of Iraq
Presidential Palace, Baghdad

15:45 (12:45 UK)
Meeting with Authorities, Civil Society and the Diplomatic Corps
Hall of the Presidential Palace, Baghdad

16:40 (13:40 UK)
Meeting with Bishops, Priests, Religious, Consecrated Persons, Seminarians, Catechists
Syro-Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation, Baghdad

Saturday, 6 March 2021

BAGHDAD – NAJAF – UR – BAGDHAD

Morning

09:00 (06:00 UK)
Courtesy visit to Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Al-Husayni Al-Sistani
Najaf

Grand Ayatollah affirms “full constitutional rights” of Christians to live like all Iraqis

11:10 (08:10 UK)
Interreligious meeting
Plain of Ur

Afternoon

18:00 (15:00 UK)
Holy Mass
Chaldean Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Baghdad

Sunday, 7 March 2021

BAGHDAD – ERBIL – MOSUL – QARAQOSH – ERBIL – BAGHDAD

Morning

08:20 (05:20 UK)
Welcome by the President of the Autonomous Region of Iraqi Kurdistan and the Religious and Civil Authorities
Erbil Airport

08:30 (05:30 UK)
Meeting the President and the Prime Minister of the Autonomous Region
Erbil Airport

10:00 (07:00 UK)
Prayer of Suffrage for the Victims of the War
Hosh al-Bieaa (Church square), Mosul

11:30 (08:30 UK)
Visit to the Qaraqosh Community
Church of the Immaculate Conception, Qaraqosh

Afternoon

16:00 (13:00 UK)
Holy Mass
Franso Hariri Stadium, Erbil

Monday, 8 March 2021

BAGHDAD – ROME

Morning

09:20 (06:20 UK)
Farewell ceremony and departure
Baghdad International Airport

12:55 (11:55 UK)
Arrival
Ciampino International Airport, Rome