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Vatican Ambassador in Iraq positive before the Pope’s visit

The Vatican’s ambassador in Baghdad, the apostolic nuncio, tested positive for Covid-19, officials told Agence France-Presse on Sunday, specifying that this result “would have no impact” on Pope Francis’ visit scheduled for Friday in Iraq.

While preparations are being made for this unprecedented visit to Iraq in history, a country devastated for forty years by conflict and violence, an Italian diplomat and a senior Iraqi official confirmed that Bishop Leskovar had been infected with the virus.

“It tested positive, but no no impact on the visit“From Pope Francis, March 5-8, the Iraqi official said. Bishop Leskovar he had visited various provinces of the country in preparation for the Pope’s stay.

Usually the pope settles on his travels to the apostolic nunciature, but no details have been given about his residence in Iraq. The leader of 1.3 billion Catholics He was vaccinated against Covid-19, as well as all the journalists and members of the clergy who will accompany him.

Iraq, a country of some 40 million inhabitants, has not yet received its first vaccinations and has recently declared its confinement in an attempt to stop a new wave of contaminations. To date, the country officially has 692,241 cases, including 13,383 deaths, with around 4,000 new cases each day.

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