Pope Francis greets crowds as young girl rushes to hand him letter at Sheikh Zayed Stadium

by Nour Salman

ABU DHABI, 5th February, 2019 (WAM) — Pope Francis arrived at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in a an automobile, greeting exuberant crowds.

The atmosphere was filled with cheer and good spirit.

A little girl jumped from barriers and ran towards the automobile, which Pope Francis stopped, so that the young child can deliver what appeared to be a letter or drawing to the Head of the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis will deliver his Homily shortly, on a stage that has been decorated with simple white backdrop, a large golden Crucifix at the centre of the stage, and a statue of the Virgin Mary. This modest setting is a rare occurrence for Holy Mass, which usually contains a large number of religious symbols at the Altar.

Introductory Rites began as part of the Holy Mass Order, with worshipers partaking in prayer and hymns, along with readings from the Gospel by Church clergy.

WAM/Nour Salman/Rasha Abubaker

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