Pope Francis has said he is "willing" to go to Iraq during the crisis but does not think now is the right time.
He told Reuters: "At this moment, it would not be the best thing to do but I am willing to do it."
He also said the international community would be "justified" in stopping Islamist militants in Iraq, but it should not be for a single nation to decide how to act.
But the Pope said it was down to the United Nations to consider the issue.
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