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An Italian Carabinieri police officer salutes as Pope Francis arrives to board an airplane in Rome's Fiumicino international airport, on his way to Tbilisi, Georgia. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

The visit shows improved ties between the Holy See and the two former Soviet republics

Chaldean Catholics at a Mass in Scottsdale, Arizona (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

They said priests who left without permission had to ‘regularise their status’

Louis Sako, 66, Patriarch of Iraq's Chaldean Catholic Church, centre right, attending a Mass in Baghdad, Iraq, in 2015. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

Patriarch Sako said Christians are waiting for governments and religious authorities to work together to ‘confront and dismantle terrorism’

An altar server prays alongside others during Mass in early April at a church in Baghdad, Iraq (Photo: CNS)

Patriarch Sako says law shows a ‘total disregard’ for the values of Iraqi civilisation

An Iraqi family fleeing Mosul (PA)

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako reiterates appeal for release of two nuns and three orphans