On the impact of Pope Francis's landmark visit

On Tuesday Pope Francis will deliver a mass to at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi

In his first public interaction with the Muslim, Christian and catholic religous leaders in UAE on Monday, Pope took a dig at Donald Trump by warning against the "building of walls" in reference to the Mexico wall which the US President has pledged to raise.

"War can not create anything but misery, weapons bring nothing but death", he said in a speech after meeting UAE leaders in the capital Abu Dhabi yesterday, the first full day of a trip he hopes will foster peace through religious dialogue.

This represents the manifestation of the vision of the UAE's founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who united seven emirates to become the UAE in 1971.

The UAE is involved in the conflicts in Yemen, Syria and Libya.

"I appeal to the interested parties and to the worldwide community to urgently encourage compliance with the agreements reached, to ensure the distribution of food and to work for the good of the population".

"The population is exhausted by the lengthy conflict and a great many children are suffering from hunger, but can not access food depots", he added. "The cries of these children and their parents rise up" to God, he added.

"This is a big world leader, and he's come for the peace", said Patrick Pareira, a 58-year-old Indian citizen who has lived in the UAE for 38 years.

The Pope's trip culminates Tuesday with a papal mass at the Zayed Sports City, expected to be the single-largest gathering in the country, with about 135,000 attendees.

The UAE has a sizeable Roman Catholic population and Pope Francis has referred to the country as a model of co-existence, a cause he has championed throughout his nearly six-year papacy.

His words hit home for many in Abu Dhabi.

The Catholic pope's first visit to the Gulf seems to be an attempt to harmonise the strained relations between the catholic leadership and the Muslim world.

Pope Francis and Sheikh Mohammed smiled and spoke to each other as they walked through the airport.

Pope Francis and a senior Muslim cleric on Monday issued a joint call for freedom of belief during the first trip by a head of the Catholic Church to the Arabian Peninsula, AFP reported. While the UAE is far from ideal in this regard, it is miles ahead of its neighbors. He had called his wife and mother back home in the Philippines before the mass so the Pope's message about being far from home and loved ones had resonated for him. Along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, the UAE severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of backing "terrorism" - allegation Doha strongly denies.

The UAE prides itself on its religious tolerance and cultural diversity. There are more than 40 churches, nine of them for Catholics. Oman, Kuwait and Yemen each have four.

Ultra-conservative Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia bans all non-Muslim places of worship.

Another one million Catholics are estimated to live in other countries in the Arabian Peninsula. Millions of Yemenis face imminent starvation, according to the United Nations (UN).

Vaidyanathan, who converted from Hinduism to Catholicism while living in Dubai, said the Emirates' religious tolerance is commendable given the trends of the region.

"But the UAE has shown how sensitive it is to its image on the global stage, and Pope Francis should use his visit to press the UAE leaders to meet their human rights obligations at home and overseas".

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