His Holiness Pope Francis will visit Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates from 3 to 5 February 2019 to attend an interfaith meeting on “Human Fraternity”. Greg Burke, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, said that the visit highlights His Holiness Pope Francis’ commitment to building a culture of encounter. The theme of the visit, Burke explained, is “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”.

As reported by Vatican news, Burke said, “That’s (Theme) the Pope’s intention in going to the United Arab Emirates. How all people of goodwill can work for peace will be a major topic on this trip.” Burke added that like the Pope’s 2017 apostolic journey to Egypt, this visit “shows the fundamental importance the Holy Father gives to inter-religious dialogue”.

Pope Francis visiting the Arab world, Burke concluded, “is a perfect example of the culture of encounter”.