Transcript for Pope Francis' historic trip continues into northern Iraq
Overseas, pope Francis making history. Calling for unity in Iraq between christianity and Muslim extremists. The pope celebrating mass at an outdoor stadium in front of thousands. Many of them maskless. This is his first trip since the pandemic began. Ian Pannell is in Iraq. Reporter: Tonight, a huge open air mass for pope Francis in Iraq. Greeted by thousands of ecstatic worshipers, gathered together in a sports stadium. Despite fears of rising covid infections. There are incredible scenes here, in a country devastated by war and terror, the pope is here on a pilgrimage of peace. This was his last stop on a groundbreaking trip he's tried to make for years. Releasing a dove, saying Iraq would remain in his heart. Earlier, he visited the war-torn ruins of mosul, where ISIS declared the caliphate, and saying that they will occupy Rome. But instead Rome came to mosul. In a church formerly occupied by ISIS, he made a plea for co-existence. ISIS drove Christians out of one town, and today barely half have returned. The pope trying to bolster the ancient community. Despite the very real threats, and fears for the pope's safety, this trip has been a huge success, after years of war and death. Iraqis are desperate for a better tomorrow. But very real problems and dangers remain. Linsey? Ian, thank you. And back in this country,
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