So, Catholic pontiff Pope Francis is making his first trip to the United Arab Emirates later this evening.

The little over a million Catholics in the predominantly Muslim country are excited about the pope’s visit.

That excitement has already spread to the UAE authorities as Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, has taken to Twitter to welcome the pope’s visit.

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“We welcome Pope Francis to the UAE. This historic visit will deepen the values of tolerance, understanding and interfaith dialogue,” he said.

“We are bound by our humanity, our common values and belief in the future of humankind. Welcome to the UAE in this, our year of tolerance.”

Sheikh Mohammed added that for the last five decades, the UAE has “been promoting the values of love, security, acceptance, freedom of religion and respect of others”.

The Pope’s visit begins tonight at 10 pm with his arrival. On Monday, he is scheduled for an official reception event at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, as well as a visit to the Grand Mosque alongside Dr. Ahmed Al Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar and a ceremony of the concurrent Human Fraternity Meeting at the Founders Memorial.

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