Pope Francis will travel to Dubai for the COP28 climate summit on 1-3 December.
10 November 2023, 12:00 AM
31 December 2023, 12:00 AM
Pope Francis will visit Dubai for COP28, according to Matteo Bruni, the Director of the Holy See Press Office.
"Accepting the invitation of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates," Mr. Bruni announced in a statement on Friday, "His Holiness Pope Francis will make the previously announced trip to Dubai from 1 to 3 December 2023, on the occasion of the upcoming Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28)."
In a recent interview with an Italian television programme, the Holy Father said he would be traveling to the UAE for the occasion.
This marks the first time a Pope has attended the UN climate summit.
Pope Francis had been the first Pope to ever visit the Arabian Peninsula, and the first to celebrate Mass for the Gulf nation's very small Catholic community, composed primarily of expat workers.
The early December visit will mark Pope Francis' second visit to the United Arab Emirates, after his first Apostolic Journey to Abu Dhabi in February 2019.