When extremists attacked a Catholic Church in Baghdad in 2010, killing 58 Iraqi Christians, Egyptian priest Yoannis Lahzi Gaid witnessed the bloodbath and the strain it put on interfaith relations in a region where Christians are the minority.
Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church is welcomed by Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan upon his arrival at Abu Dhabi International airport in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, February 3, 2019. WAM/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY
Landmark interreligious trip to the UAE
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meets Pope Francis upon his arrival to Cairo, Egypt April 28, 2017 in this handout picture courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency. The Egyptian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS
Vatican calls for coexistence in Middle East
Pope Francis (C-L) is welcomed by Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (C-R) upon his arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport in the UAE capital on February 3, 2019. (AFP)