Pope Francis is visiting the United Arab Emirates, the first time a reigning pontiff has traveled to the Arabian Peninsula. He’ll take part in a Christian-Muslim dialogue. The region’s Catholics are mainly Indian and Philippine guest workers.
Separatist forces in Yemen say they have taken control of the southern port city of Aden from forces loyal to the internationally backed government. The development complicates efforts to bring peace to the region.
It is the first time the pope has ever visited the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam. Francis' trip to the United Arab Emirates has given new hope to interfaith dialogue, says DW's Christoph Strack.
A trio of audiences with the pope is rare. It has led to speculation over what could be behind Russian President Putin's third trip to the Vatican.
Pope Francis has held Mass with tens of thousands of Catholics at a stadium in Abu Dhabi. He is the first leader of the Catholic Church ever to set foot on the Arabian peninsula, the birthplace of Islam.
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