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In pictures: Huge crowds gathered at Zayed Sports City Stadium for Pope Francis public mass

Pope Francis waved at an enthusiastic crowd carrying Vatican flags and banners as he drove into Zayed Sports City Stadium, where an altar with a large cross was set up for the open-air service in a country that borders the birthplace of Islam.

In pictures: Huge crowds gathered at Zayed Sports City Stadium for Pope Francis public mass
Pope Francis arrives to celebrate the public mass at Zayed Sport City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
In pictures: Huge crowds gathered at Zayed Sports City Stadium for Pope Francis public mass
A worshipper carries the Palestinian flag during mass, led by Pope Francis, for an estimated 170,000 Catholics at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
In pictures: Huge crowds gathered at Zayed Sports City Stadium for Pope Francis public mass
Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he arrives to lead mass for an estimated 170,000 Catholics at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
In pictures: Huge crowds gathered at Zayed Sports City Stadium for Pope Francis public mass
Pope Francis arrives to celebrate the public mass at Zayed Sport City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
In pictures: Huge crowds gathered at Zayed Sports City Stadium for Pope Francis public mass
Pope Francis blesses a young girl as he arrives to lead mass for an estimated 170,000 Catholics at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
In pictures: Huge crowds gathered at Zayed Sports City Stadium for Pope Francis public mass
Christian worshippers attend a mass, led by Pope Francis, at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
In pictures: Huge crowds gathered at Zayed Sports City Stadium for Pope Francis public mass
People wave Vatican flags as they wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at Zayed Sport City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
In pictures: Huge crowds gathered at Zayed Sports City Stadium for Pope Francis public mass
Pope Francis blesses a child as he arrives to lead mass for an estimated 170,000 Catholics at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.