Controversial Iraqi Christian didn’t meet with Pope Francis privately, Vatican confirms

Catholic News Agency, Jonah McKeown:

An Iraqi Christian figure involved in a dispute with the leader of the Catholic Church in the country was not, as he has implied online, granted a private audience with Pope Francis, the Vatican clarified on Tuesday.

Rayan Al-Kildani, whose name means “Rayan the Chaldean,” is a Christian lawmaker and leader of the paramilitary group the “Babylon Brigades.” He has previously been sanctioned by the United Statesfor alleged human rights abuses, including the cutting off of a detainee’s ear. Report is here.