According to Reuters, the Vatican on Thursday said that the first visit by a pope to the Arabian peninsula will take place in February when Francis travels to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The February trip, Francis’ latest to a predominantly Muslim nation, will be centered around the theme of inter-religious peace. In a statement, Bishop Paul Hinder, thanked the UAE government for having given permission for the pope “to celebrate a Mass at a public venue in Abu Dhabi”.

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