Pope Francis delivers first papal mass in Arabian Peninsula

Abu Dhabi, UAE (CNN)Pope Francis became the first pontiff to deliver Mass in the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam, on Tuesday, speaking in front of tens of thousands of people in Abu Dhabi at the end of a historic visit to the United Arab Emirates. The ceremony capped off a trip to the UAE that saw the Pope condemn the war in Yemen, in which his hosts have played a pivotal role, and call for religious freedom across the region. Images from the Pope’s tour of the pontiff flanked by Arab sheikhs in traditional robes were considered a striking display of Muslim-Christian kinship. But rights groups dismissed the Pope’s description of the UAE as “a land that seeks to …