Pope Francis Delivers Mass For 135,000 Catholics In The United Arab Emirates

Tuesday 5th February 2019

His Holiness Pope Francis, the Head of the Catholic Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City, has delivered a groundbreaking Papal Mass to 135,000 Catholics in the United Arab Emirates.

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His Holiness Pope Francis, the Head of the Catholic Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City, has delivered a groundbreaking Papal Mass to 135,000 Catholics in the United Arab Emirates.

The scale of the event, which took place at Zayed Sports Stadium in Abu Dhabi, is unprecedented for an event of this kind in the Arabian Peninsula and saw tens of thousands come from every corner of the UAE and overseas to participate.

His Holiness greeted the crowds on his arrival to ensure that he could personally greet the excited and jubilant crowds as he made his way into Zayed Stadium itself to conduct the Mass.

There are an estimated one million Catholics living and working in the UAE and it is believed that the Mass would also represent the biggest diversity of nationalities to have attended a Papal Mass outside of Rome.

To help people reach the Mass, the UAE Government provided an estimated 1000 free buses to transport people from access points located in different Emirates.

The symbolic location of the Mass – close to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – reinforces the philosophy of the UAE in its commitment to tolerance and ensuring that religious belief can flourish in a country that embraces religious diversity and encourages multiple faiths to co-exist side-by-side.

The Mass marked the highest-profile event of the joint visit to the UAE of Pope Francis and His Eminence the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Dr. Ahmed at-Tayyeb. This visit is a highly significant occasion for the UAE, with 2019, being declared The Year of Tolerance, strengthening the nation’s role of encouraging stability and prosperity in the region. The current Year of Tolerance follows the Year of Zayed in 2018 and the Year of Giving in 2017.

 

Shows: Abu Dhabi, UAE

GVs Final preparations and arrivals for Papal Mass including:

- Final preparation work at Zayed Sports City Stadium

- Crowds of attendees queuing for buses to the stadium in the middle of the night

- Crowds gathering outside stadium

- Vox pops

GVs – Papal Mass including:

- Popemobile through crowds

- Clips from mass

- Cutaways of attendees

- Vox pops of attendees

GVs – Papal Visit to St Joseph’s Cathedral

Soundbite - UAE Minister His Excellency Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment 

Soundbite - Liborio Stellino, Italian Ambassador to the UAE

Soundbite – Francisca E. Mendez Escobar, Mexican Ambassador to the UAE

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Pope Francis Delivers Mass For 135,000 Catholics In The United Arab Emirates

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His Holiness Pope Francis, the Head of the Catholic Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City, has delivered a groundbreaking Papal Mass to 135,000 Catholics in the United Arab Emirates.

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2019/02/05

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