A Closer Look: Pope Francis's visit to Bahrain on Thursday

We look ahead to the pope's historic visit to the Gulf kingdom

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A Closer Look is The National's show where we take a more in-depth look at one of the main stories of the week.

Pope Francis will visit Bahrain from November 3 to 6, in a landmark moment for the Arabian Gulf.

It will be the pontiff's second visit to the Arabian Peninsula, after a trip to Abu Dhabi in 2019.

The highlight will be an open air Mass for 28,000 Catholics at Bahrain's national stadium on November 5.

Rory Reynolds and Ramola Talwar Badam look ahead to the occasion.

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