The head of the Catholic Church Pope Francis hailed the tolerance values in UAE, saying that tolerance and UAE are ''two sides of the same coin'' during an audience with Sara Almahri, Acting Charge d'Affaires of the UAE Embassy in Madrid, WAM reported on Friday May 17th.
Pope Francis, who visited the UAE on February 3rd, commended the UAE's vision for promoting values of coexistence and tolerance, which he said that he himself had seen its results in the Arab region and many parts of the world.
Almahri also met with members of the Council of Cardinals (C9), including the Pope's Personal Secretary, Yoannis Lahzi, WAM said.
She said her visit to the Vatican came within the efforts aimed at deepening mutual respect, enhancing interfaith dialogue and spreading peace, security and fraternity among all people.
She affirmed the UAE's sincere desire to continue cooperation with the State of the Vatican City so as to promote the values of tolerance, harmony and peaceful coexistence.
She added that the papal visit to the UAE in February had sent out positive messages regionally and internationally.
Vatican officials praised the role played by the UAE in establishing values of tolerance and coexistence, hailing the UAE's tolerant and open policy as an example that should be emulated in the region.
During his visit to UAE, Pope Francis led a mass at Zayed Sports City Stadium., where up to 170,000 worshippers attended, to be the first in a Gulf country.
The pope landed in Abu Dhabi on 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.