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Pope meets at spectacular Sheikh Zayed Mosque with Muslim Council of the Elderly


This impressive Sheikh Zayed Mosque that Pope Francis visited on his second day in the United Arab Emirates, seems like it could be out of a movie. 

The pope arrived in a small car, and Imam Ahmed Al-Tayeb went out to meet him. He is the spiritual guide of 1,100 million Sunni Muslims and the great Imam of Al-Azhar University.

In this mosque, Pope Francis visited the tomb of the founder of the United Arab Emirates, Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahayan.

The pope held a private 30-minute meeting with the Muslim Council for the Elderly. According to the Vatican, they highlighted the importance of the meeting's culture to reinforce their commitment to dialogue and peace.

The Sheikh Zayed Mosque is the largest in the UAE. It takes up more than 215,000 square feet and is the 15th largest in the world for the number of people it can hold.