When Pope Francis becomes the first pope to visit the Arabian peninsula on Sunday, he takes another important step in his efforts to build bridges with Islam and confirms inter-religious dialogue as a keystone of his papacy.
In the long, complicated and often bloody history of papal relations with the Muslim world, Argentine pontiff Jorge Bergoglio stands out for his fraternal language and broader desire to reach out across religious divides.
Pope Francis said he was looking to write a new page in relations between religions with his visit to the United Arab Emirates.
"I am happy… to write on your dear land a new page in the relations between religions, confirming that we are brothers although different," he said in a video message to the Emirati people released on Thursday. More on NDTV