Convening 15 March 2021 Online (Zoom)
The Pope’s Visit to Iraq: An Historic Juncture

March 15, 2021
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST RSVP Required
17:00 – 18:00 CET
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

You can find the official event page here.

This event is organized by Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs 


From March 5 to 8, 2021, Pope Francis made an historic visit to Iraq, including meetings with a range of political and religious leaders. The trip served multiple purposes, including demonstrating solidarity with a beleaguered Christian community, advancing dialogue with the Muslim world, and supporting efforts to promote peace and reconciliation in the Middle East. The COVID-19 pandemic compounded existing religious and political sensitivities surrounding the trip.

Join Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J., the editor-in-chief of La Civiltà Cattolica who accompanied Pope Francis to Iraq, Riccardo Cristiano, Italian journalist and Vatican expert, and Shaun Casey, director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, for a conversation about the pope’s trip and its religious and political significance.

This event is sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University and La Civiltà Cattolica (Rome) in partnership with Georgetown’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life and Georgetown Representative Office in Rome.

This event will be recorded and a captioned video will be posted to this page after the event date. Please RSVP to receive an email notification once it is posted.