Pope Francis arrived in the capital of the United Arab Emirates to address in the Interreligious Meeting within the context of the Global Conference of Human Fraternity, currently underway in Abu Dhabi. The Conference has brought together hundreds of religious leaders and scholars.
This visit, initiated by Shaikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, is considered as an important and historical stage in the relations of two religions – Catholic and Muslim.
As part of his visit in the Arab country, the head of the Roman Catholic Church will hold talks with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the imam of Cairo’s Al-Azhar, to discuss issues on peace and human fraternity. Pope Francis will also visit Catholic areas in the UAE.
On February 5, the pontiff will speak an open-air mass – a liturgical service in the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church – in Abu Dhabi’s Zayed sports arena, which is expected to be attended by more than 100,000 people.