The legacy of Pope Francis’ visit will be a new mosque and church in Abu Dhabi

The places of worship will celebrate inter-faith relations

The legacy of Pope Francis’ visit will be a new mosque and church in Abu Dhabi
Ryan Carter Ministry of Presidential Affairs

The visit of Pope Francis to Abu Dhabi will have a long-lasting legacy in the UAE.

Not only has the trip broken new ground for relations between the Muslim and Catholic faiths, but it has also opened up a dialogue for future conversations between the two faiths.

A new church and mosque will be built in honour of the landmark visit of the Pope and Grand Imam Dr Ahmed Al Tayeb.

They will be called the Church of Saint Francis and the Mosque of Grand Imam Ahmed Al Tayeb.


The two leaders of their faiths signed the foundation stone to build the new places of worship with HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin
Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai.

The religious leaders also signed the Human Fraternity Document at the Founder’s Memorial, which aims to create harmony between faiths and spread a message of peace and were the first recipients of the Human Fraternity Award.

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