Some 30,000 flag-waving worshippers gathered for an open-air mass held by in the mainly Muslim country of Bahrain on Saturday, the highlight of his outreach mission to the Gulf.
Many people in the congregation had tears in their eyes as they waited to see the 85-year-old at Bahrain National Stadium.
As well as ministering to Bahrain’s Catholic community, Pope Francis’s 39th international visit is largely aimed at building ties with Muslim officials
Pope Francis, who uses a wheelchair and walking stick due to knee problems and his elderly age, smiled and waved to the crowds from his open-sided popemobile where he was seated, flanked by more than a dozen suited security guards and attendants.
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