Five things we learned from Pope Francis’ historic visit to the UAE (disclaimer: he scored major cool points)

The three-day visit took place from February 3 to 5, coinciding with the UAE’s celebration of the Year of Tolerance
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Five things we learned from Pope Francis’ historic visit to the UAE (disclaimer: he scored major cool points)

1) The Pope is cooler than we originally gave him credit for 

His Holiness arrived in a white, open top G-Wagon to hold public Mass in Abu Dhabi. A pretty legendary entrance, TBH.

2) He has a lot of fans 

On Tuesday 5 February, more than 180,000 people attended a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis - and thousands more were not able to get inside the stadium. Instead, they stood outside, listening to the service and choral music. Amazing.

3) The UAE is a super multilingual destination 

During the Mass, readings were heard in English, Arabic, Italian, Tagalog, Latin, Korean, Konkani, Malayalam, Urdu and French. Keeping up?

4) The Pope is ageing incredibly well 

If we asked you how old Pope Francis is, what would you say? Well, we certainly wouldn't have pitched 82, and he's been in the job for, well, a long time. We're impressed. 

5) He really wants world peace (Miss Congeniality, anyone?)

The Pope was honoured with the first ever Human Fraternity Award, created to create a true interfaith dialogue. We have a good feeling about 2019.

Photos: Getty Images