Qatar to get a second church
“It is a very brave decision by the Qatari authorities, and one we are very pleased about,”
By George Conger
April 25, 2008 Qatar (Religious Intelligence)-Ground-breaking for Qatar ’s second purpose-built Christian church will take place next month, the Anglican chaplain of Doha , the Rev Canon Bill Schwartz, reports.
Built on land donated by Emir Amir Hamad bin Al Thani, the Church of the Epiphany will house all of Qatar ’s Protestant Christians. On March 15 over 15,000 people attended the first mass at Qatar ’s first Roman Catholic Church, Our Lady of the Rosary. Christians account for approximately 10 per cent of Qatar ’s 800,000 residents --- almost all of whom are foreign workers from the Philippines and India .
“It is a very brave decision by the Qatari authorities, and one we are very pleased about,” Dr Howells told a March 29 press conference while visiting the emirate. Last week the Vatican delivered a diplomatic note from Pope Benedict XVI to the Emir, thanking him for his support and for his work in enhancing Christian–Muslim dialogue.