DUBAI: Attendees to the papal mass in Abu Dhabi on Feb. 5 can now register online, a Catholic church body in the region has announced.
Residents from the UAE, Oman and Yemen who would like to attend the mass can register through the official website of thePapal visit, according to the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia (AVOSA), a Catholic church jurisdiction covering the three Gulf nations.
The mass will take place at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on the last day of Pope Francis’ UAE trip. The stadium has a capacity of over 40,000 people.
A few reserved seats will also be allocated for residents from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and Bahrain. A “very limited” number of tickets will be issued to non-GCC residents on a first-come, first-served basis.
“As this is a visit to the AVOSA, tickets are reserved primarily for the local faithful. However, we understand that this is a rare opportunity for people living nearby to see the pope,” AVOSA said on its website.
“Details on distribution policies are being worked out. We will have more information regarding this on our website very soon,” the statement added.
The February visit will be Pope Francis’ seventh trip to a predominantly Muslim nation, including Palestine, Jordan and Egypt, with the 82-year old pontiff employing those visits to call for inter-religious peace.
Crown Prince Mohammed had said in a tweet that the pope “is a symbol of peace, tolerance and the promotion of brotherhood. We look forward to a historic visit, through which we will seek dialogue on the peaceful coexistence among peoples.”
يسعدنا في دولة الإمارات الترحيب بزيارة قداسة البابا فرنسيس بابا الفاتيكان، الذي يعد رمزا عالميا من رموز السلام والتسامح وتعزيز روابط الأخوة الإنسانية. نتطلع إلى زيارة تاريخية، ننشد عبرها تعظيم فرص الحوار والتعايش السلمي بين الشعوب.. ازدهار السلام غاية تتحقق بالتآلف وتقبل اﻵخر. pic.twitter.com/7qiBhEhqI7
— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) December 6, 2018