Pope Francis presents a gift to Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the Presidential Palace in UAE on February 4, 2019.


Follow our coverage of Pope Francis’ historic, three-day visit to the UAE, in pictures.


February 5: Papal mass

Pope Francis celebrates his first mass in the UAE at Zayed Sports Stadium. An estimated 135,000 people attended the historic papal mass.

February 5: Healing touch

Pope Francis visits St. Joseph’s Church in Abu Dhabi to bless the old, sick and those with special needs, before leaving for the papal mass.

February 4:  Meeting at The Founder’s Memorial

During an inter-religious meeting at The Founder’s Memorial in Abu Dhabi, Pope Francis and Dr Ahmad el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al Azhar Al Sharif, sign the Human Fraternity Document to send out universal messages of tolerance and dialogue to the world.

February 4: Arrival at Presidential Palace

February 3: Pope Francis arrives in Abu Dhabi

On Day One of this historic visit to the UAE, Pope Francis arrives at the Presidential Airport in Abu Dhabi where he was received by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and a UAE delegation that welcomed him with flowers and cultural dances.



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