Every second of Pope Francis’ visit to the UAE has been under the spotlight.
His Holiness performed a public mass to over 135k people in Zayed Sports City Abu Dhabi today, before departing for Rome this afternoon.
The Pontiff was originally invited by UAE leaders to participate in a meeting of religions, and during the 48-hour trip he was presented with a significant gift.
According to a National report, the Pontiff was gifted with the title-deed to the first church in the UAE
The Catholic Church now owns the land of the UAE’s first church
At the meeting at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, the Pontiff was gifted with a box containing the original deed which was issued in 1963, by the late Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan, a former ruler of Abu Dhabi.
The head of the Catholic Church departed the country for Rome this afternoon.
HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces was handed the ‘Human Fraternity Declaration’
It was signed by the Pope, UAE leaders and His Eminence Dr. Ahmad el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al Azhar Al Sharif. The declaration seeks to build bridges of love, amity and coexistence among peoples. Sheikh Mohamed was presented with a copy of the Declaration from the Pope before his departure.