The document’s statement that ‘diversity of religions’ is ‘willed by God’ has generated controversy.
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Such a visit, which featured a papal Mass and the signing of a fraternal Muslim-Catholic joint declaration condemning violence committed in the name of religion, was unthinkable until very recently.
The Holy Father reflected on his Feb. 3-5 journey at his Feb. 6 general audience.
The Holy Father preached on the beatitudes at Mass in the Emirati capital Feb. 5.
Feb. 3-5 trip to the United Arab Emirates will provide gauge of regional relations between Muslims and Christians.
Sheikh Shakhbut, ruler of Abu Dhabi, granted 11 acres of land on the Corniche, a beachside road in the city, to the Catholic Church as a sign of his patronage to the many Catholics who were committed to the development of the emirates.