Pope Francis Set to Make Climate Stand in Dubai at COP28 Summit

Pope Francis Set to Make Climate Stand in Dubai at COP28 Summit

Pope Francis is set to embark on a significant journey to the United Arab Emirates from December 1st to 3rd, with a focus on addressing the pressing issue of climate change.

According to an official statement from the Holy See Press Office released on November 9th,  Pope will be attending the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, known as COP28, in Dubai. During his visit, he will partake in a series of crucial activities.

Pope's journey begins on December 1st, departing from Rome/Fiumicino International Airport at 11:30 am and landing at Dubai's World Central International Airport around 8:25 pm. A warm welcome ceremony awaits his arrival.

The highlight of the visit occurs on December 2nd, as Pope Francis is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech at the COP28 Summit held at Expo City. He will make his address at 10 a.m. and engage in private bilateral meetings both in the morning from 10:30 a.m. and in the afternoon starting at 3:30 p.m.

On December 3rd, Pope Francis will inaugurate the "Faith Pavilion" at 9 a.m., organized in collaboration with the Muslim Council of Elders, the COP28 Presidency, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the Holy See, and various faith partners. The primary goal of the Faith Pavilion is to convey a message of peace to the world.

Following the inauguration, at 10:15 a.m.,  Pope will head to Dubai/World Central International Airport for a farewell ceremony. His departure for Rome is scheduled for 10:45 a.m., with an expected arrival at Fiumicino Airport at 2:40 p.m. Rome time.

This historic visit of Pope Francis to the United Arab Emirates will undoubtedly bring global attention to the critical issue of climate change and the role of faith communities in addressing it.

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