Pope Francis holds historic public mass in the UAE

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Pope Francis held a historic public Mass for an estimated 170,000 Catholics, at an Abu Dhabi stadium today, on the first ever papal visit to the Muslim Gulf.

The Pope celebrated Mass before an enthusiastic crowd carrying Vatican flags at the Zayed Sports City Stadium, where an altar with a large cross was set up for the unprecedented open-air service, in a country where worship is normally allowed only inside churches.

The United Arab Emirates borders Saudi Arabia which is the birthplace of Islam. Pope Francis, who has made task of boosting ties between Christianity and Islam a cornerstone of his papacy, wraps up his historic three-day visit to the United Arab Emirates, today.

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