Pope Francis to honor Islamic State group's victims in Mosul

Pope Francis urged Iraqis on Friday to treat their Christian brothers as a precious resource to protect, not an “obstacle” to eliminate, as he opened the first-ever papal visit to Iraq with a plea for tolerance and fraternity among Christians and Muslims. On Sunday, he will honor the dead in a Mosul square surrounded by shells of destroyed churches and meet with the small Christian community that returned to Qaraqosh, where he will bless their church that was used as a firing range by the so-called Islamic State group.