A Muslim guy earned praise from social media for trying his best to support his wife and help her secure tickets to the papal mass in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Pope Francis is in the UAE for a historic visit during the country’s “Year of Tolerance”. He is the first Roman Catholic pope to set foot in the UAE and greatly welcomed by the country’s leaders.
With the pope celebrating mass at Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sports City Stadium, a facility that could only accommodate up to 135,000 people, thousands of Catholics spent hours lining up at their respective churches in hopes of being among the lucky ones who could get their hands on the free tickets to get inside the venue.
The tickets not only allow people to attend the mass in Zayed Sports City Stadium, these will also grant them a day off work as announced by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
With approximately 1 million Roman Catholics living in the UAE, the lines for the papal mass tickets were exceptionally long.
A devout Catholic, a Filipina named Bernice Soroosh wanted to attend the papal mass. When she told her Emirati husband, Yousef Soroosh, about this, he immediately offered to take her to St. Mary’s Church to give her a chance to obtain the ticket.
Bernice spent several hours lining up outside the church – and Yousef waited patiently for her.
“I told my husband that I would like to attend the papal mass and he offered to drive me to St. Mary’s Church to get a ticket. I was really touched by his offer. This Papal visit has proven that people, even a married couple like us, who come from different religious backgrounds and cultures, can arrive at a common ground,” Bernice shared.
“My husband is a Muslim and I’m Catholic, but there is deep respect for culture and faith in our family.”
While many people are under the impression that Muslims are strict about their religion and would certainly not want their wives to attend a big event in her religion, this does not hold true to all Muslims. Yousef is living proof of that – and he readily helped his wife.
Despite their efforts, however, Bernice was not able to get a ticket. Still, she feels blessed that the pope has visited the UAE and that she could still attend the mass via live videos.