The Princess and the Pope

Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein had an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican, as part of a one-day official visit to Rome.

She was visiting as the UN Messenger of Peace and Chairperson of International Humanitarian City (IHC).

The Princess and the Pope discussed world hunger. Both seek to end hunger for the millions who suffer around the world.

HRH Princess Haya briefed the Pope about Dubai’s International Humanitarian City, and how it has grown since 2003, under the direction of her husband Shaikh Mohammed, Ruler of Dubai.

It is now the world’s largest and busiest humanitarian aid logistics hub.

Other topics the Princess and the Pope discussed included Shaikh Mohammed’s recently launched initiatives.

These include the Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Award for Tolerance, which will lay the base for developing tolerant young Arab leaders and support a promotion of values that reflect tolerance and openness.

Another is the International Institute of Tolerance (the first of its kind in the Arab world).

It will offer advice and views on policies to promote values of tolerance among nations, publish studies and research reports to instill the principle of acceptance among youth.

Princess Haya then attended the ‘United for Peace’ football match and immediately after met an airlift from IHC to travel to Haiti to deliver 90 metric tonnes of relief supplies to Hurricane Matthew victims.

Following the meeting, Princess Haya attended the latest edition of the Soccer Match for Peace at Rome’s Olympic Stadium.

As part of the opening ceremony,Princess Haya was asked by the Vatican to plant an olive tree of peace at the Olympic Stadium.

She then flew to Haiti on an IHC airlift to personally deliver and oversee the distribution of relief supplies to Haiti’s Hurricane Matthew victims.

At least 1.4 million people require immediate attention, with almost 300,000 people residing in temporary shelters as many small towns and villages have been wiped off the map.


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