From Fox News:
Pope Francis on Tuesday concluded a historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula after ministering to the United Arab Emirates’ thriving Catholic community with the first-ever papal Mass in the country.
The celebration marked what some considered to be the largest showing of public Christian worship on the peninsula that birthed Islam. The hymns of “Halleluja” booming out from speakers, marked an unprecedented achievement for the Emirates’ much-touted assertions for other faiths and comes a day after Francis made a broad appeal for Christian and Muslim leaders to work together to promote peace and reject war.
From Associated Press:
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pope Francis ministered on Tuesday 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 and a call for his flock to remain meek in following God.
A day after making a broad appeal for Christian and Muslim leaders to work together to promote peace and reject war, Francis celebrated what some considered the largest show of public Christian worship on the peninsula, the birthplace of Islam. For the Gulf Arab region where public displays of non-Islamic faith are restricted, the hymns of “Halleluja” booming out from speakers marked a milestone and evidence of the Emirates’ much touted assertions of its tolerance for other faiths.