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In Pictures: Pope Francis Leads Historic Mass at Zayed Stadium

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Tue, 05 Feb 2019 21:43 GMT

Head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, led a mass at Zayed Sports City Stadium on February 5th. Up to 170,000 worshippers came to mark the historic mass, the first in a Gulf country.

The pope arrived in Abu Dhabi, UAE on Sunday February 3rd to kick off a historic visit to the Arab Peninsula. He met with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayeb. They signed a document on “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together”, during a Global Conference on the topic in Abu Dhabi on February 4th.

His Holiness held high-level discussions on February 4th at the Presidential Palace with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

1. Pope Francis waves to the crowd on his way to lead mass for approximately 170,000 Catholics at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, UAE on February 5th, 2019


2. Pope Francis blesses a child among the crowd on his way to lead mass for approximately 170,000 Catholics at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, UAE on February 5th, 2019


3. The pope waves to the crowd as he arrives to lead mass at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, UAE on February 5th, 2019


4. The pope waves to 170,000 Catholics at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, UAE on February 5th, 2019


5. Pope Francis initiates the mass at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, UAE on February 5th, 2019


6. Pope Francis conducts mass for up to 170,000 Catholics at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, UAE on February 5th, 2019


7. A worshipper attends the Papal mass with his son at Zayed Sports City Stadium on February 5th, 2019


8. A sign says “Ahlan wa Sahlan Baba Francis – the Franco-Arab spelling of Welcome Pope Francis” held by a worshipper at the papal mass at Zayed Sports City Stadium on February 5th, 2019


9. Two worshippers holding a sign calling on Pope Francis to pray for Venezuela during a mass at Zayed Sports City Stadium on February 5th, 2019


10. Arab worshippers holding a sign saying “Welcome Papa – Welcome Pope” and the Arab translation of Thank God (Alhamdulelah) during a mass at Zayed Sports City Stadium on February 5th, 2019


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