VATICAN town: Pope Francis, who has made boosting ties among Christianity and Islam a cornerstone of his papacy, will go to Abu Dhabi inside the United Arab Emirates in February, the Vatican stated on Thursday.

The pontiff became invited to the general public-Muslim u . S . A . By means of each Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and the local Catholic church.

Francis will take part in an worldwide “interfaith” meeting for the duration of the journey, with a purpose to run from February three to five.

The 81-year vintage has already visited several Muslim international locations, such as Turkey in 2014, Azerbaijan in 2016 and Egypt in 2017.

The Vatican stated the subject matter for the Abu Dhabi trip was summed up in the phrase “make me a channel of your peace” — a quote from Saint Francis of Assisi, the pope’s namesake.

The desire became the visit could “unfold in a unique manner the peace of God within the hearts of all of us of right will,” it stated.

“This visit, just like the one to Egypt, shows the fundamental significance the Holy Father gives to inter-religious communicate,” spokesperson Greg Burke said.

“Pope Francis visiting the Arab global is a great instance of the subculture of come across,” he added.

The UAE prides itself on its religious tolerance and cultural variety, and most Gulf Arab states have long allowed Christians to worship in churches.

almost eighty in keeping with cent of the population of the UAE is Muslim, while Christians represent around 9 in keeping with cent, consistent with the Catholic news business enterprise.

many of the Catholics are people from Africa, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and the Philippines, although some are locals.

The UAE ride will come head of a visit in March to Morocco.

Pope Francis moved fast after his election in 2013 to make overtures to Jews and Muslims, inviting old pals from Buenos Aires — a rabbi and a Muslim professor — on a trip to the center East in which he condemned religious hatred.