Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pope considering a visit to Iraq?

Catholic World News - February 09, 2011

The government of Iraq has announced that Pope Benedict XVI may make a visit to Ur, the birthplace of the patriarch Abraham.

The Iraqi tourism ministry revealed that the Pontiff had expressed an interest in a pilgrimage to Ur. The papal inquiry, he said, was passed from the Iraqi ambassador at the Holy See to his office. The tourism minister, He Sumaisem, said that his office had suggested possible arrangements for a trip next year.

The late Pope John Paul II had hoped to make Ur the destination for one of his Jubilee Year pilgrimages to the sites connected with the history of salvation. Those plans were frustrated by the conditions set by the Iraqi regime led by Saddam Hussein, who evidently hoped to turn the papal visit into a propaganda showcase. In December 1999, after a series of inconclusive negotiations, the Vatican announced that the plan for a papal trip had been dropped.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our July expenses ($34,059 to go):
$35,000.00 $941.00
97% 3%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

A Baptist leader with a message the Synod of Bishops should hear June 30
'Helpful' advice for social conservatives: ignore causes, deal with effects June 30
In the Aftermath of Obergefell June 30
The political outlook after Obergefell June 29
Good news/bad news on the Vatican PR overhaul June 29

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope approves process for holding bishops accountable in abuse cases CWN - June 10
Pope Francis’ 2nd encyclical released (includes link to full text) CWN - June 18
US Supreme Court rules all states must recognize same-sex marriage CWN - June 26
Archbishop Nienstedt, auxiliary bishop resign CWN - June 15
Cardinal Kasper: Pope never approved my proposal CWN - June 4