With a jubilant crowd of over 130,000 expat workers mainly from the Philippines, Bangladesh, Africa & India, he praised the Emirates for offering jobs to foreign workers, many of whom are Christians. “In addition to professional skills, they bring you the genuineness of their faith,” the Pope said.
Citizenship for Christians
For non-Muslims, including Christians, citizenship is strictly curtailed if not banned in several Muslim countries. Taking up the issue, Pope Francis shared “I look forward to societies where people of different beliefs have the same right of citizenship. He got a leader as important as el-Tayeb to sign a document promising change.
Role of Women
“Efforts must be made to modify those laws that prevent women from fully enjoying their rights,” wrote the Pope and el-Tayeb. “It is an essential requirement to recognize the right of women to education and employment and to recognize the freedom to exercise their own political rights.”
Church of St. Francis & Mosque of Grand Imam Ahmad Al-Tayyeb
The Pope and the Grand Imam also inaugurated the first stone of a church and a mosque to be built side by side in Abu Dhabi. The Church of St. Francis and the Mosque of Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayeb will form part of a center for interreligious dialogue.