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UAE: Pope Francis makes first visit to Arab Gulf

The UAE scored a PR victory when it hosted Pope Francis’ three-day visit in early February – the first to the Arabian Gulf by a pontiff. Prior to his arrival, Francis said the UAE was “striving to be a model for coexistence, human fraternity, a meeting of faiths and civilisations”. But he also criticised events in Yemen, pointing to “children who are hungry, who are thirsty, they don’t have medicine and… are in danger of death”.

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