Pope Francis: Journey to Bahrain(An Islamic Country)… first day.

Pope Francis: Journey to Bahrain(An Islamic Country)

By Joseph Tulloch

Thursday 03 November, 2022, Pope Francis arrived at the Kingdom of Bahrain, where he will remain until Sunday.

‘It will be a journey under the banner of dialogue,’ he said. While in the country, the Pope will participate in the ‘Bahrain Forum for Dialogue: East and West for Human Coexistence’, which, he said, will have as its theme ‘the inescapable need for East and West to come more closely together for the sake of human coexistence.’

The Holy Father added that during his trip he will ‘have the opportunity to engage with religious representatives, particularly Islamic.’ After the Forum for Dialogue, the Pope will meet with Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad Al-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, and hold an audience with the members of the Muslim Council of Elders. These encounters will be followed by an ecumenical meeting and prayer for peace with members of various Christian denominations, at the Our Lady of Arabia Cathedral in Awali.

“I am here, in this land of the Tree of Life, as a sower of peace, in order to experience these days of encounter and to take part in a Forum of dialogue between East and West for the sake of peaceful human coexistence.”

Bahrain is an island country in Western Asia. It is situated on the Persian Gulf. Bahrain is situated between Qatar and the northeastern coast of Saudi Arabia, to which it is connected by the King Fahd Causeway.

With the official religion as Islam, Bahrain population consists of 80.6% Moslems, 12.1% Christians, 6.4% Hindus, 0.5% No religion, and 0.4% Others as of 2020, and runs a Unitary Islamic parliamentary semi constitutional monarchy(Wikipedia).

Below are the images from Pope Francis’ first day in Bahrain for his 39th Apostolic Journey abroad, including the arrival, welcome ceremony and the meeting with civil authorities and diplomatic corps.

Source: Vatican News

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