The Pope Goes to Bahrain

Pope Francis’ visit to Bahrain showcases the kingdom’s decadeslong effort to champion religious tolerance and interfaith dialogue while also providing critics with a high-profile occasion to question the sincerity of these government efforts and raise human rights concerns.

The Pope Goes to Bahrain
Workers clean the entrance of Lady of Arabia Church, one of the places Pope Francis will be visiting during his three-day visit, in Awali, Bahrain, November 1. (REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed)

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