Pope Announces February Trip to United Arab Emirates
Pope Francis will be the first pontiff to visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE) when he makes an apostolic journey there from February 3-5, 2019.
According to a December 6, 2018, Vatican statement, the visit comes in response to the invitation of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and the Catholic Church in the United Arab Emirates. The Holy Father will participate in the International Interfaith Meeting on “Human Fraternity”.
Pope Francis received the Crown Prince at the Vatican on September 15, 2016. The office of Prince Mohamed bin Zayed said, in tweets published after the audience, that the