- Aug 6, 2020
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.”
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.
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.”