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Pope Francis aboard the papal plane in 2017.

Vatican clarifies pope’s comments on sexual abuse of women religious

The Vatican clarified Wednesday Pope Francis’ comments on the sexual abuse of women religious made during his in-flight press conference... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience Feb. 6, 2019.

Pope says UAE trip was 'new page' in dialogue between Christians, Muslims

Pope Francis said Wednesday that his recent trip to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates was a step forward... Read more

Pope Francis aboard the papal plane en route from Rome to Yangon, Nov. 26, 2017.

Full text of Pope Francis' in-flight press conference from Abu Dhabi

Please read below for CNA's full transcript of the pope's Feb. 5 in-flight press conference from Abu Dhabi to Rome:  Read more

Pope Francis boards the papal plane in Rome, Jan. 15, 2018.

Pope says Church is working to end abuse of women religious by clerics

Pope Francis said Tuesday he is aware that mistreatment and abuse of religious women by clerics is still a problem,... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to journalists on the papal flight to South Korea in 2014.

Pope Francis: Mediation in Venezuela requires willingness of both sides

Pope Francis said Tuesday that he had not read Nicolas Maduro’s letter, but expressed an openness to mediate in Venezuela’s... Read more

Pope Francis blesses a child at the Feb. 5, 2019 Mass in Abu Dhabi.

Seek Christ and his humble love, Pope Francis exhorts Catholics in UAE

Preaching on the Beatitudes during his visit to the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, Pope Francis called on those present... Read more

Pope Francis and Ahmed el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar, signed a joint declaration on human fraternity during an interreligious meeting in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Feb. 4, 2019.

Pope Francis signs peace declaration on ‘Human Fraternity’ with Grand Imam

Catholics, Muslims and all who believe in God must work together to build a culture of love, peace and human... Read more

Evangelizing Arabia: Parish life in Abu Dhabi

On Tuesday, Pope Francis will visit St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Abu Dhabi -- one of two total Catholic churches for... Read more

Pope Francis and Ahmed el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar, sign a joint declaration on human fraternity during an interreligious meeting in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Feb. 4, 2019.

Justice and peace are inseparable, Pope Francis says in UAE

In an interreligious meeting in Abu Dhabi Monday, Pope Francis said that for peace to flourish among religions, there must... Read more

Pope Francis embraces Ahmed el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar, in Cairo, April 28, 2017.

Popes in the Middle East: Highlights of papal outreach in the region

Pope Francis is set to celebrate the first papal Mass on the Arabian peninsula next week during his Feb. 3-5... Read more

Jan Figel, EU special envoy for religious freedom. Courtesy photo.

Papal visit to UAE is a ‘breakthrough,’ says EU envoy

Jan Figel, the EU special envoy for the promotion of religious freedom, spoke to CNA and said that Pope Francis’... Read more

Pope Francis at the 2018 World Meeting of Families in Ireland.

Pope calls United Arab Emirates 'a land of coexistence' ahead of visit

Pope Francis expressed gratitude for his upcoming trip to the United Arab Emirates, noting it is an opportunity to promote... Read more

Pope Francis at a Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 17, 2015.

Pope Francis to visit Abu Dhabi in February 2019

Pope Francis will travel to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates Feb. 3-5 to participate in an international interfaith... Read more