Pope Francis is due to hold an inter-religious prayer service at the ancient Mesopotamian site of Ur when he visits Iraq next week, an event local archaeologists hope will draw renewed attention to the site
This is really suspect.
So the Bible says in the end times there will be a "Mystery Babylon" religion, that will be enforced across the world. It'll be the "wide way" (inter-religion, many ways) of that time.
The pope going to Ur, which at one time was the center of it all, going back to the Sumerian civilization. Not to mention the city declined after the fall of Babylon.
It would be quite symbolic if he was going there to pray for its "spiritual rebirth" so to speak.