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Tonight, the UAE is set to welcome Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City. The visit is of enormous significance and not just because it is the pontiff's first visit to a GCC country or that 135,000 people - the largest human gathering the UAE would have seen so far - are expected to attend the pope's morning mass on February 5.
In relevant remarks earlier on Wednesday, Head of the Catholic Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City State Pope Francis in a message extended his condolences over the deadly floods that have claimed the lives of at least 25 people and injured over 109 civilians in Iran.
Pope Francis (Latin: Franciscus ; Italian: Francesco ; Spanish: Francisco ; born Jorge Mario Bergoglio; [b] December 17, 1936) is the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State.