Pope Francis the First Pontiff to Visit the Arabian Peninsula Ever

Pope touched down in Abu Dhabi for the 48-hour trip during which he will meet leading Muslim clerics and hold an open-air mass for some 135,000 Catholics.

After Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan welcomed the Pope to Abu Dhabi on Monday, Pope Francis penned this message in the Guest Book:

“With gratitude for your warm welcome and hospitality and with the assurance of a remembrance in my prayers, I invoke upon Your Highness and all the people of the United Arab Emirates, the divine blessings of peace and fraternal solidarity. Francis 4.2. 2019”