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History: Pope Francis visits the Emirates

Pope Francis landed on Sunday (February 3rd) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and was welcomed by Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Zayed. He is the first pope in history to visit the Arabian Peninsula.

The sovereign pontiff will participate this Monday, February 4 in an inter religious meeting and will discuss with the Crown Prince. Several points will be discussed during this meeting including the war in Yemen and the fight against terrorism. Pope Francis will also spend a few hours with the great Sunni Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb.

Subsequently, he will celebrate a giant mass completely new in a stadium of the capital. More than 135,000 tickets have been distributed for the interior. The faithful who will not be able to access it will also be able to see the pope since he will greet them in “papamobile”.

This visit, which will continue until Tuesday, will allow Pope Francis to reiterate his calls for tolerance, peace and fraternity. The pontiff will also go to Morocco in late March.

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