Pope Francis to make history for the first ever visit to this Islamic country

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Pope Francis to make history for the first ever visit to this Islamic country

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis will become the first Pope in history to visit the Arabian Peninsula when he makes an apostolic journey to the United Arab Emirates next year, the Vatican News announced.

Thousands of people from across the UAE are readying themselves for Pope Francis’s landmark visit to Abu Dhabi.

Highlights of the trip include an interreligious meeting, an official visit to the Crown Prince, the meeting in the Great Mosque of Sheikh Zayed, and the celebration of Mass in Abu Dhabi.

A large public Mass will be held at Zayed Sports City at 10.30am on February 5, with more than 100,000 people expected to attend, according to a full itinerary for the pontiff’s visit revealed on Wednesday.