Pope Francis left Baghdad for Rome, Monday, March 8, after a three day tour of Iraq.
READ MORE: Pope Francis departed Iraq on Monday after a four-day visit to the country that included meetings with Christians and Muslim leaders as he preached a message of coexistence.
Iraqi President Barham Salih was among those at the airport in Baghdad for a farewell ceremony Monday.
On Sunday, the pope visited Mosul, once a stronghold of the Islamic State militant group, where he prayed for Iraq’s war victims in a city square.
Francis also traveled to Qaraqosh, an ancient Christian town that had been overrun by Islamic State forces. The pope met with members of the local community at the Church of the Immaculate Conception.