Special report: Pope Francis, a champion of the voiceless

From a childhood in Buenos Aires to an international symbol of tolerance: the extraordinary journey of Pope Francis

On Sunday, February 3, 2019, Pope Francis arrives in Abu Dhabi on a historic visit - the first by a pontiff to the Arabian Peninsula - as a guest of the UAE leadership.

The next day, he will be received by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, before attending a private meeting of the Muslim Council of Elders at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the interfaith Global Meeting of Human Fraternity at the Founder's Memorial.

The occasion thousands of Catholics in the UAE have been eagerly anticipating happens on Tuesday, February 5: a Mass in Abu Dhabi celebrated by the Pope in the presence of 135,000 faithful.

Read our special report below:

A champion of the voiceless
From a childhood in Buenos Aires to an international symbol of tolerance: the extraordinary journey of Pope Francis
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