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Will make Iraq trip despite rocket attack on military base, says Pope Francis

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Pope Francis said on Wednesday he still expected to make his historic visit to Iraq in two days’ time, after a rocket attack on a military base hosting US-led coalition troops.

“The day after tomorrow, God willing, I will go to Iraq for a three-day pilgrimage. For a long time I have wanted to meet these people who have suffered so much,” the 84-year-old pontiff said in his weekly Wednesday address.

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