Pope Francis To Visit Abu Dhabi This February
Pope Francis , who has made boosting ties between Christianity and Islam a cornerstone of his papacy, will visit Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates in February, the Vatican said Thursday .
The pontiff was invited to the majority – Muslim country by both Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al – Nahyan and the local Catholic church.Francis will take part in an international “ interfaith ” meeting during the trip , which will run from February 3 to 5 .
The 81 – year old has already visited Several Muslim countries, including Turkey in 2014 , Azerbaijan in 2016 and Egypt in 2017 .
The Vatican said the theme for the Abu Dhabi trip was summed up in the phrase “ make me a channel of your peace” — a quote from Saint Francis of Assisi , the pope’s namesake .
The hope was the visit would “ spread in a special way the peace of God within the hearts of all people of good will ,” it said .