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Pope Francis to meet with top Shiite cleric in Iraq

NAJAF, Iraq — Pope Francis met with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, one of the most senior clerics in Shiite Islam, in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf on Saturday to deliver a message of peaceful coexistence, urging Muslims to embrace Iraq’s long-beleaguered Christian minority.  The historic meeting in al-Sistani’s humble home was months in the making, with…

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