Huge demand to see Pope Francis in UAE

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Huge demand to see Pope Francis in UAE

la-croix.com

Even though there are 120,000 tickets available for Pope Francis’ forthcoming Mass in the United Arab Emirates, demand is set to far outstrip supply.

The Catholic Church has released details of how tickets will be distributed for the February 5 event at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Bishop Paul Hinder, the apostolic vicar of southern Arabia, noted that there are one million Catholics in the UAE. Many of them are foreign workers, not least from the Catholic-majority Philippines.

Tickets are being sent to all parishes throughout the region in a bid to ensure fairness in their distribution, while most places will be reserved for Catholics, there will also be a substantial delegation of government officials as well as attendance by Muslim leaders. This reflected the goal of using the Papal visit to promote interfaith tolerance and understanding.

Bishop Hinder warned that people should be wary of fake tickets. Those unable to attend the Mass will be able to watch it via live streaming.

“People here in the country and in the Middle East and even around the world will follow the event,” Bishop Hinder said.

“Let us make it a moment of spiritual witness of our deep faith and our love for and within the Catholic Church, but also of our spirit of peace and understanding towards those who are of other faiths.

“Therefore, it is crucial that we avoid every kind of competition and self-promotion.
“As a Catholic migrant church in a Muslim country, we are called to give witness to unity, respect and mutual love and at the same time show humility.”

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 12:53
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