Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who has retired to a Vatican monastery since his resignation, finds the trip to Iraq of his successor, Pope Francis, dangerous.
“I think this is a very important trip. He comes unfortunately at a very difficult time which also makes his trip dangerous: for security reasons and because of the Coronavirus pandemic. And then there is the unstable Iraqi situation. I will accompany Francis with my prayers, “ said the German Pope Emeritus in an interview with the daily Il Corriere della Sera.
Pope Francis will be in Iraq from March 5 to 8. This is the first visit of a pope to this country. Unlike his predecessors, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, Pope Francis since his election had never hidden his desire to go to Iraq.