From Catholic News Agency:
Speaking to journalists aboard the Aug. 18 plane flight back to Italy from South Korea, the Pope noted the Holy See's diplomatic efforts to end the violence in Iraq, especially against Iraqi minorities.
In response to the question on Iraq posed by CNA and EWTN News Rome bureau chief Alan Holdren, Pope Francis said that a papal visit to Iraq was “one of the possibilities.”
“And in this moment, I am ready.” He added: “and right now it isn't the most, the best thing to do but I am disposed to this.” - CNA
This reminds me of Mother Teresa in war-torn Lebanon around this same time in 1982, when she arrived there amid fighting to bring St. John Paul II's message of peace. Once there, and against all advice, she helped to evacuate retarded and handicapped children from a hospital.
Going out to the peripheries. It is what saints do.