Pope Francis

Gerard O’Connell February 05, 2019
Pope Francis made history this morning when he celebrated Mass for more than 135,000 Catholics from many nations and cultures at the Zayed Sports stadium in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
Pope Francis, right, and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Ahmed el-Tayeb pose for a photo at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Feb. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Gerard O’Connell February 04, 2019

“There is no alternative: We either build the future together or there will not be a future,” Pope Francis said frankly in an important keynote address to participants at the high-level inter-religious meeting in Abu Dhabi on Feb. 4.

Haley Stewart February 04, 2019
Are we tired of working in a system of mere productivity and efficiency that fails to acknowledge our humanity and that of others?
Pope Francis walks with Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of United Arab Emirates, upon his arrival at Abu Dhabi Presidential Flight airport in United Arab Emirates on Feb. 3. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CNS) -- The sun had set long before Pope Francis arrived in Abu Dhabi Feb. 3, but Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince, and Egyptian Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar, still went to the airport to welcome him.

Gerard O’Connell February 03, 2019
Today the only Christians in the Arabian Peninsula are migrants, and the pope’s visit is a cause of great joy for them.
A makeshift camp for internally displaced people near Sanaa, Yemen, on Jan. 28. The United Nations says one child dies every 10 minutes in Yemen. (CNS photo/Khaled Abdullah, Reuters)
Gerard O’Connell February 03, 2019
A Saudi Arabia-led coalition, of which the U.A.E. is a member, has so far not respected international accords to help end a crisis in which 10 million people risk starvation.