ROME — The Iraqi government has ordained a “total curfew” during the March 5-8 visit of Pope Francis following recent violent attacks in the country.
While the government has justified the curfew as a means of curbing the spread of the coronavirus, it has mandated a “total curfew” only for Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, which conveniently sync with the days of the papal trip.
It has also announced that the curfew will be lifted on March 8, the day of the pope’s return trip to Italy.
The government has ordered the closure of all mosques and other places of worship until further notice.
Last month, twin suicide bombers blew themselves up in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, killing at least 32 and leaving some 110 injured in one of the most lethal attacks in nearly two years.
The bombing took place in Tayaran Square, in the center of Baghdad, not