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Pope Francis to visit United Arab Emirates in February


Abu Dhabi, Dec 6(Reuters): Pope Francis will visit Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates in February to attend an interfaith meeting, the Vatican said on Thursday.

The trip will take place from Feb. 3-5. The Vatican said the pope had accepted an invitation from His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputry Supreme Commanader of the UAE Armed Forces and the Catholic community there.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai welcomed the news with a tweet. “We welcome the news of Pope Francis' visit to the United Arab Emirates next February - a visit that will strengthen our ties and understanding of each other, enhance interfaith dialogue and help us to work together to maintain and build peace among the nations of the world,” he tweeted.


Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed also tweeted welcoming the visit of the pope to the UAE.


"The UAE is delighted to welcome His Holiness Pope Francis on the upcoming visit to the UAE. He is a symbol of peace, tolerance and the promotion of brotherhood. We look forward to a historic visit, through which we will seek dialogue on the peaceful coexistence among peoples," he tweeted.


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  • Lilygrace D Silva, Mangalore/Mumbai/Dubai

    Fri, Dec 7 2018

    Thank you our loving Pope Francis for accepting the invitation from His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi for the Interfaith meeting in February 2019,

    Its great news for all of us. UAE Govt helps to us Catholics and other people as well. Its a peace loving country without any difference of cast and creed. The Law and Order is followed by all. Most importantly one of the service we enjoy is, whenever we face any problems such as vehicle break down etc. the Police reaches the sight within 5 to 10 minutes of the call, depends on the distance and not only this, they keep in touch with the person concerned. The siren is heard and immediately other vehicles move to the side letting the police van pass through.

    This meeting with enrich the faith in God among all people in the years to come.
    God bless.

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  • joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 7 2018

    It is very kind of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi to invite His Holiness Our present Pope. This is indeed a very good gesture on the part of His Holiness to visit United Arab Emirates. This GOODWILL mission will go a long way in establishing good relations with the Muslim Community in general.

    Hope His Holiness will visit India too.

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  • William, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 7 2018

    One of the best country, who are loving peace and prosperity.... THANK YOU CITIZENS OF UAE... AND LEADERS OF UAE.... WE THE INDIANS LOVE YOU ' ALL......

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  • Prakash D' Cunha, Bajpe/ Ashoknagar/Abudhabi

    Fri, Dec 7 2018

    Good news. I will be there. Thank you H H Rulers of the UAE.

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  • Wilfred J. Lewis, Matpady-Brahmavar/ New York, USA

    Thu, Dec 6 2018

    Most thoughtful, diplomatic visit of his Papacy...

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  • ANIL DSILVA, Mangalore-Abu Dhabi

    Thu, Dec 6 2018

    Excited..

    Thank you HH Rulers of the United Arab Emirates.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Dec 6 2018

    Messenger of Honesty & Peace ...

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  • Mangaloreans In Dubai, Bajal/Dubai

    Thu, Dec 6 2018

    Thank You so much HH Rulers of the UAE, as always! Most welcome HH Pope Francis, Thanks for the acceptance. Once in a life time opportunity, Not to miss to see you here!

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