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FRANCE 24 English published this video item, entitled “Pope Francis meets top Shiite cleric on second day of historic Iraq visit” – below is their description.
Iraq’s Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the top religious authority for most Shiite Muslims, hosted the head of the world’s Catholics, Pope Francis, on Saturday in the shrine city of Najaf.FRANCE 24 English YouTube Channel
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