• BAGHDAD (CNS) — To consolidate peace and ensure progress, the government and people of Iraq must never treat anyone as a second-class citizen and must work each day to promote harmony,...

    <p>Pope Francis receives flowers from children during a welcoming ceremony with Iraqi President Barham Salih at the presidential palace in Baghdad March 5, 2021. (CNS photo by Vatican Media)  </p>

    Pope Francis receives flowers from children during a welcoming ceremony with Iraqi President Barham Salih at the presidential palace in Baghdad March 5, 2021. (CNS photo by Vatican Media)

  • VATICAN CITY (CNS) — On the same day that 10 rockets hit an air base in Iraq, Pope Francis said he had to travel to the country because he could not disappoint them.

    <p>Women stand near a poster of Pope Francis in Baghdad March 3, 2021. Pope Francis plans to visit Iraq March 5-8. (CNS photo by Khalid al-Mousily/Reuters)  </p>

    Women stand near a poster of Pope Francis in Baghdad March 3, 2021. Pope Francis plans to visit Iraq March 5-8. (CNS photo by Khalid al-Mousily/Reuters)

  • WASHINGTON (CNS) — Use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, approved Feb. 27 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, raises moral concerns because it was “was developed,...

    <p>Vials of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine are seen during the phase 3 ensemble period in this undated photo. </p>

    Vials of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine are seen during the phase 3 ensemble period in this undated photo. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved use of the company's one-shot vaccine Feb. 27, 2021. (CNS photo by Johnson & Johnson/Handout via Reuters)