- Jan 18, 2020
Pope Francis said Wednesday that his recent trip to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates was a step forward in Catholic-Muslim dialogue and promoting peace among religions.
Speaking of the sexual abuse of nuns by priests, Pope Francis said on Tuesday: “Do we need to do more? Yes. Is there the will to do more? Yes. But it’s a path that takes time.”
Against the backdrop of the first papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula is an interfaith conference that includes prominent U.S. rabbis and Christian evangelicals, who are seeking stronger recognition of Israel through closer ties with Muslim figures and Arab leaders.
Pope Francis on Tuesday praised the 130,000 Catholics in the United Arab Emirates hailing from 100 different countries as a “choir composed of numerous nations, languages and rites.”
On Tuesday, Pope Francis will visit St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Abu Dhabi — one of two total Catholic churches for the Arabian city with a population of 1.42 million.
Extolling religious freedom on Monday, Pope Francis said, ““What we are called to do as believers is to commit ourselves to the equal dignity of all, in the name of the Merciful One who created us.”