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Pope Francis arrives at home of Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric: state tv

Pope Francis is pictured as he arrives to meet with Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, in Najaf, Iraq March 6, 2021. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - Pope Francis arrived at the home of Iraq’s top Shi’ite Muslim cleric in southern Iraq on Saturday for the first ever such meeting between the leaders of Roman Catholicism and Shi’ite Islam.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani was to greet Francis at his humble home in Najaf, the seat of the Iraqi Shi’ite clergy, on the second day of the pontiff’s historic tour of Iraq.

Reporting by Alaa Marjani, Nadine Awadalla and John Davison in Baghdad

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