Pope Francis arrives to hold a mass at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Pope Francis held a historic public Mass for an estimated 170,000 people at a stadium in the capital of the United Arab Emirates Tuesday, capping the first-ever papal visit to the Gulf.Parishes across the UAE said 135,000 tickets to the pope's Mass were distributed to parishioners.The UAE invited the pope to visit as part of its 2019 "Year of Tolerance," which has its own designated ministry.The pope Monday called for an end to wars in the turbulent Middle East, including in Yemen and Syria, at a meeting with a top sheikh and rabbi in the UAE.
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