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Pope Francis Visits Islam's Birthplace, Holds Historic Public Mass

World | Associated Press | February 6, 2019, 2:45 pm
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 Pope Francis sits in front of the altar as he celebrates a mass at the Sheikh Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The pontiff ministered to the thriving Catholic community in the United Arab Emirates as he concluded his historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula with the first-ever papal Mass here. (Image: AP)

Pope Francis sits in front of the altar as he celebrates a mass at the Sheikh Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The pontiff ministered to the thriving Catholic community in the United Arab Emirates as he concluded his historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula with the first-ever papal Mass here. (Image: AP)

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 Pope Francis celebrates a mass at the Sheikh Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

Pope Francis celebrates a mass at the Sheikh Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

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 Pope Francis bows on the altar as he celebrates a mass at the Sheikh Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

Pope Francis bows on the altar as he celebrates a mass at the Sheikh Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

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 Pope Francis blesses worshippers during a Mass at the Sheikh Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

Pope Francis blesses worshippers during a Mass at the Sheikh Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

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 Pope Francis blesses a child as he arrives in the Sheikh Zayed Sports City Stadium to celebrate a mass in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

Pope Francis blesses a child as he arrives in the Sheikh Zayed Sports City Stadium to celebrate a mass in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

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 Pope Francis spreads incense around the altar as he celebrates a mass at the Sheikh Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

Pope Francis spreads incense around the altar as he celebrates a mass at the Sheikh Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

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 Worshippers attend Mass celebrated by Pope Francis at the Sheikh Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

Worshippers attend Mass celebrated by Pope Francis at the Sheikh Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

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 Pope Francis blesses a boy during a Mass at the Sheikh Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

Pope Francis blesses a boy during a Mass at the Sheikh Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

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 A wind blows Pope Francis' cape during an official welcome ceremony at the Abu Dhabi Presidential Palace, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

A wind blows Pope Francis' cape during an official welcome ceremony at the Abu Dhabi Presidential Palace, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

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 Pope Francis and Grand Imam of al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb kiss each other after signing a document on fighting extremism, during an inter-religious meeting at the Founder's Memorial in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Image: Reuters)

Pope Francis and Grand Imam of al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb kiss each other after signing a document on fighting extremism, during an inter-religious meeting at the Founder's Memorial in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Image: Reuters)

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 Pope Francis delivers his speech during an Interreligious meeting at the Founder's Memorial in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

Pope Francis delivers his speech during an Interreligious meeting at the Founder's Memorial in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

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 Pope Francis, stands at the palace entrance, flanked by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum and Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on the occasion of an official welcome ceremony at the Presidential Palace, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

Pope Francis, stands at the palace entrance, flanked by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum and Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on the occasion of an official welcome ceremony at the Presidential Palace, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

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 A marching band plays during a welcome ceremony for Pope Francis, at the Presidential Palace, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

A marching band plays during a welcome ceremony for Pope Francis, at the Presidential Palace, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

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 Pope Francis greets Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of Egypt's Al-Azhar, after an Interreligious meeting at the Founder's Memorial in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

Pope Francis greets Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of Egypt's Al-Azhar, after an Interreligious meeting at the Founder's Memorial in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

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 Al Fursan, or the Knights, a UAE Air Force aerobatic display team, perform as they make the colors of the Vatican flag ahead of Pope Francis arrival at the Abu Dhabi Presidential Palace, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

Al Fursan, or the Knights, a UAE Air Force aerobatic display team, perform as they make the colors of the Vatican flag ahead of Pope Francis arrival at the Abu Dhabi Presidential Palace, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

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 Pope Francis attends an Interreligious meeting at the Founder's Memorial in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

Pope Francis attends an Interreligious meeting at the Founder's Memorial in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

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 Pope Francis receives a gift from a journalist during his flight from Abu Dhabi to Rome. Pope Francis has concluded his historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula with the first-ever papal Mass in the birthplace of Islam. (Image: AP)

Pope Francis receives a gift from a journalist during his flight from Abu Dhabi to Rome. Pope Francis has concluded his historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula with the first-ever papal Mass in the birthplace of Islam. (Image: AP)

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