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Pope Francis' visit to Abu Dhabi adds a new page to the UAE's history of tolerance of people of different religions and cultures, said Dr Anwar Gargash, the minister of state for foreign affairs The...
On Sunday, February 3, His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Ben Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of State for Tolerance opened the Global Conference of Human Fraternity, convened under the patronage of His...
As Pope Francis embarks on the first-ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, few may realize that the predominantly Muslim region carries an ancient Christian heritage. Christians worshiping there...
Sheikh Mohammad Ben Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, on Saturday, February 2, welcomed the visit to the United Arab Emirates by Pope Francis, head...
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Shaikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, the UAE’s Minister of Tolerance, welcomed the upcoming visit of Pope Francis as “an honour” to the country. The Ministry of Tolerance posted the video message...
The February 3-5 visit of Pope Francis to Abu Dhabi in the UAE is the first papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula. Thousands of Catholics are queuing outside churches in the United Arab Emirates (UAE...
Expectations and prospects of both the Catholic and the Islamic community in view of the international inter-religious meeting in which Francis will participate. An interview with the Apostolic Vicar...
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Wherever the Pope went, the popemobile was there. And so will it be in Abu Dhabi next week. Fr Lennie J.A. Connully OFM Cap, Parish Priest of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Dubai, said that Pope...
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As the people of Syria work to rebuild the cities, hospitals, homes, and schools that were destroyed through years of conflict, they also face a more difficult task, according to one Syrian Catholic...
Pope Francis is a legendarily bold traveler, including a visit to the Central African Republic in 2015 amid a bloody civil war -- even telling the pilot that if it wasn't safe to land, he'd just take...
Catholics from around the world living in the United Arab Emirates are waiting with great anticipation for Pope Francis’ Feb. 3-5 visit, the first papal trip to the Arabian Peninsula. “Pope Francis...
February 5 has been declared a holiday for private-sector employees holding permits to participate in the Papal Mass that will take place at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, during Pope Francis’s...
After the conflict that tore Syria apart for seven years, the Christian component of the Syrian population probably has fallen to around 2 per cent. And the Christian presence in the Middle East runs...
For Saad and his two sisters, helping hands have been few and far between. The three siblings fled violence in their native Iraq to neighbouring Jordan in 2012, where they have waited for six years...
For about a million Catholics, the Pope's visit will be a "milestone" in interfaith dialogue and the local community’s development. The parish priest at Saint Anthony’s Cathedral describes the visit...
A 120-member choir from nine Catholic churches in the UAE have come together to sing at the Papal Mass at the Zayed Sports Stadium on February 5. The multinational choir will be accompanied by an...
More than a thousand Holy Masses have been celebrated by Catholic communities in the Middle East in order to thank Pope Francis for his participation in the Advent initiative Candles for Peace in...