The year that was: Pope Francis' historic UAE visit

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Pope Francis created history in 2019 by being the first pontiff to visit the Arabian Peninsula.

The head of the Roman Catholic Church also hosted a public mass at the Zayed Sports City stadium in February for more than 120,000 worshippers in the UAE.

It was a shining example embracing the theme for 2019 as the 'Year of Tolerance'. 

During his three-day state visit, Pope Francis also attended a private meeting with the Muslim Council of Elders as well as an interfaith conference with more than 700 representatives from around the world in attendance. 

He also signed a document promoting peace across the world along with Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Dr. Ahmad Al Tayyeb, in the presence of the UAE's leaders.



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