Pope Francis Meets Senior Shia Cleric
Hopefully the Pope's meeting with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, where peace was emphasised, is not only symbolic, but highly influential too. The Grand Ayatollah hardly leaves his home and rarely talks politics, so receiving the Pope is unusual. The Christians in Iraq need support and protection, and there needs to be a peaceful coexistence with the Muslim majority. As I have said before, it will take time to see changes, but I am confident that they will arrive.