- Catholic News Service
- Feb 8, 2019
Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church, although not attending the Human Fraternity Meeting, sent a message to the conference condemning using religion as a basis for violence.
Pope Francis arrived in the United Arab Emirates Sunday, opening the first-ever papal outing to the Arabian Peninsula with a trip hailed as a unique opportunity to offer a sign of fraternity and tolerance.
Francis is traveling to Abu Dhabi to participate in a conference on interreligious dialogue sponsored the Emirates-based Muslim Council of Elders.
Speaking of Yemen on Sunday as he departed for the UAE, Pope Francis said, “The population is exhausted by the long conflict and many children suffer from hunger, but the food storage facilities cannot be reached.”
As Pope Francis embarks on the first-ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, few may realize that the predominantly Muslim region carries an ancient Christian heritage.
Pope Francis is heading to the UAE this Sunday, and people are wondering what it could mean for the region and interreligious dialogue as well as the war in Yemen.
Pope Francis will have St. Francis of Assisi on his mind when he visits Abu Dhabi Feb. 3-5 and Morocco in late March.
“Al Salamu Alaikum,” Arabic for “peace be with you,” Pope Francis said at the beginning of a video message to the people of the United Arab Emirates, which he will visit Feb. 3-5.