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Abdullah bin Zayed attends Pope's funeral

posted on 09/04/2005: 1152 views

Vatican City - Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Information, attended here Friday the funeral of Pope John Paul II, which was held at Saint Peter's Basilica. Representing the UAE, Sheikh Abdullah conveyed condolences of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the people of the UAE to the Vatican and Catholics worldwide on the demise of the pontiff.

The President had sent a cable of condolence to the Vatican to this effect, paying rich tributes to the Pope for the valuable contributions he rendered to enhance inter-faith understanding between Islam and Christianity. He made reference to the pontiff's relentless efforts over the past quarter a century in quest of mutual respect and tolerance, which he said had become a model for other faiths.

Mohammed Abdul Wahid, UAE's acting Charge d'Affaires to Rome, also attended the requiem. Over 200 heads of state and governments and religious leaders as well as millions of mourners attended the Pope's funeral, broadcast live to hundreds of millions of television viewers around the world. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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