- Dec 5, 2019
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.”
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.
One of the leading Catholic authorities in the United Arab Emirates has said he believes Pope Francis’s visit to the nation next week will showcase the effectiveness of the pontiff’s strategy with Islam, and will potentially help move the push for greater religious tolerance in the region forward.
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.