VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will visit Bahrain from Nov. 3-6 to attend an international conference, the Vatican announced on Wednesday.
The Vatican said the pope would visit the Gulf island country off the Arabian peninsula to take part in the Bahrain Forum for Dialogue: East and West for Human Coexistence.
In 2019, Francis visited Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, the first pontiff to visit the Arabian peninsula and say a Mass there.
Vatican officials first announced the trip to Bahrain on the flight back from the pope's trip to Kazakhstan earlier this month but did not give the dates.
Wednesday's announcement gave no details of the programme.
(Reporting by Philip Pullella, Editing by Mark Heinrich)