Ali al-Sistani, the peacemaker Pope Francis had to meet

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When Pope Francis approaches his house on foot this Saturday, Ali al-Sistani will be waiting for him on the doorstep. This was not taken for granted: usually, the rule is that the Grand Ayatollah does not get up from his sofa to receive visitors, who are moreover very rare, however illustrious they may be. A sign of the immense devotion that surrounds this figure of Shiism, undoubtedly the most respected and the most popular in the whole of the Iraqi mosaic, whether it is among the Shiites, the Sunnis, the Kurds or the Christians.

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