ROME—Pope Francis will go to the United Arab Emirates in early February, persevering with the outreach to the Muslim world that has been a signature theme of his preach.
The pope will go to Abu Dhabi within the U.A.E. from Feb. three to Feb. 5 to participate in an interfaith gathering, the Vatican introduced Thursday.
“This go to, just like the one to Egypt, exhibits the elemental significance the Holy Father offers to interreligious dialogue,” mentioned the Vatican spokesman, Greg Burke.
The pope will then go to one other Muslim-majority nation, Morocco, on March 30 and March 31.
Pope Francis has made a precedence of bettering relations with the Islamic world. He has washed the ft of Muslims throughout Holy Week liturgies and when he introduced a dozen Syrians again with him from a Greek refugee heart in 2016, all have been Muslims.
On a go to to Egypt in 2017, he issued a forceful denunciation of religiously impressed violence and a name for non secular freedom, shortly after Islamic State terrorists killed greater than 40 folks at Christian church buildings there. He additionally warned towards anti-Muslim sentiment within the developed world, suggesting it may encourage terrorism.
The Vatican famous Thursday that the pope’s go to to the U.A.E. additionally is available in response an invite from the Catholic neighborhood there. In line with the most recent Vatican statistics, there have been 899,000 Catholics within the nation on the finish of 2016, out of a complete inhabitants of 9,121,000.
The U.A.E.’s giant immigrant inhabitants contains many Catholics from the Philippines and India, who are sometimes employed as low-income staff. They’re allowed to worship in a number of church buildings that stay largely free from authorities interference.
—Nicolas Parasie in Dubai contributed to this text.
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