Vatican pope holds open-air Mass in Abu Dhabi

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Tue, 05 Feb 2019 - 10:14 GMT

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

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.

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