BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – In his speech, the Pope advocated for the end of war and violence and mentioned the role religions must play during turbulent times.
“Human fraternity requires of us as representatives of the world’s religions the duty to reject every nuance of approval from the word ‘war’. Let us return it to its miserable crudeness. Its fateful consequences are before our eyes. I’m thinking in particular of Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Libya.”
Earlier on Monday, Pope Francis attended an official reception ceremony at the Presidential Palace, hosted by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed. The Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum were also present.
Later in the day, Pope Francis visited Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, where he discussed interfaith dialogue with the Grand Imam of Egypt’s Al Azhar Ahmed el-Tayeb.
The historic two-day visit of the pontiff to the Arabian Peninsula started on Sunday night when his plane landed at the Abu Dhabi airport.
The official visit will conclude on Tuesday when Pope Francis will deliver an open-air mass at Zayed Sports City, an event expected to be attended by some 135,000 people.
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