The Vatican News reported that Pope Francis is scheduled to travel to the United Arab Emirates in February. Pope Francis will visit Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates from 3 to 5 February 2019 to attend an interfaith meeting on “Human Fraternity”.
Pope Francis on Sunday prayed for peace in the war-ravaged Central African Republic, where at least 48 people were killed in clashes between Christian and Muslim-dominated militias in a restive town last week, according to an internal UN report seen on Monday by AFP. The death toll had previously been reported as 42, including two priests, in the country’s latest surge of sectarian violence.
The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Congolese Dr. Denis Mukwege and Yazidi-Iraqi Nadia Murad, who was held captive by the Islamic State group, for their work against sexual violence in armed conflicts. The Prize also highlights the suffering endured by Murad who recently met Pope Francis to talk about her experiences and seeking support for Yezidis.
“Caring for the sick, especially those near death, cannot be reduced simply to giving them medicine, but must include providing healing and comfort that gives their lives value and meaning,” Pope Francis said. “Serene and participatory human accompaniment of terminally ill patients is crucial at a time when there is a ‘nearly universal’ push for legalizing euthanasia”, he emphasised on Oct. 1.