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RT published this video item, entitled “Iraqi orchestra butchers ‘Ode to Joy’ upon Pope’s arrival” – below is their description.
Watch Pope Francis greeted by Iraqi officials and an orchestra playing ‘Ode to Joy’ – which was anything but a joy to listeners.
We can only hope Pope Francis’ stay in the country doesn’t fall as flat as the notes belted out on the tarmac.
The Pope arrived in Iraq on Friday for the first-ever papal visit to the country.
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In This Story: Iraq
Iraq has a coastline measuring 58 km (36 miles) on the northern Persian Gulf and encompasses the Mesopotamian Alluvial Plain, the northwestern end of the Zagros mountain range and the eastern part of the Syrian Desert. Two major rivers, the Tigris and Euphrates, run south through Iraq and into the Shatt al-Arab near the Persian Gulf. These rivers provide Iraq with significant amounts of fertile land. The region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, historically known as Mesopotamia, is often referred to as the cradle of civilisation.
Iraq is a federal parliamentary republic consisting of 19 governorates, four of which make up the autonomous Kurdistan Region. Disputes over the sovereignty of Kurdistan Region continue.
Iraq is a founding member of the UN as well as of the Arab League, OIC, Non-Aligned Movement and the IMF.