Pope Francis to visit the UAE in February 2019

The pontiff was invited to the majority-Muslim country by both Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and the local Catholic church. (File photo: AFP)

Pope Francis will visit Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates from February 3 to 5, where he will take part in an international “interfaith” meeting, the Vatican said Thursday.

The pontiff was invited to the majority-Muslim country by both Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and the local Catholic church, the statement said.

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi commented on the announcement of the pope’s visit saying: “We look forward to the pope’s historic visit aimed to maximize opportunities for dialogue and coexistence among nations.

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, also commented in a tweet saying:

 

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