Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of his Wednesday general audience at St Peter's Square at the Vatican May 22, 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
ABU DHABI, Feb 5 (MENA) - Pope Francis held an open-air Mass for 170,000 people in Abu Dhabi Tuesday on the final day of his historic visit to the United Arab Emirates, Daily Mail reported.
The 82-year-old pontiff led the service at a sports venue this morning where huge crowds waved Vatican flags and banners and an altar with a huge cross was erected for the Mass.
Another 120,000 were gathered outside, watching via video link on large screens.
A choir sang hymns as the pope, joined by priests of different nationalities, began the service, broadcast live on Emirati television.
Tuesday's service came a day after the pope called for an end to wars in the troubled Middle East, including in Yemen and Syria.
All religious leaders had a 'duty to reject every nuance of approval from the word war', he told an interfaith meeting on Monday.