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Thursday, March 13th, 2014
A surprising fact that many are not aware of is that the Arab peninsula is home to more than 2 million Catholics. At a time when the region is seeing an exodus of its Christian population, there are hundreds of thousands of Catholics coming to the region, largely as foreign workers. This is creating challenges regarding the treatment of minority faiths in the heartland of Islam. There have been some steps towards the opening of a church in Bahrain that would serve as the cathedral for Northern Arabia. Protecting the rights of foreign workers – both their personal and religious rights – is a topic that the countries of the Arab peninsula most seriously consider.
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
“As the Bahraini government granted a piece of land to construct the first Catholic Church in the country, Iranian authorities have been enraged and the Iranian Shi’ite media vigorously criticized the action,” Mohabat News repots.
Sunday, October 23rd, 2011
“[The Arab Christian] fears that the political, social and economic turmoil which erupted unexpectedly, motivated by emotions rather than clear programs, and which does not take account of internal and international conditions, can have serious consequences on the lives of minorities, and open the way for an unknown and terrible future,” Habib Mohammed Hadi Sadr, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the Holy See, wrote in an article published by Asia News.
Sunday, February 27th, 2011
"When we pray for the Middle East, we should be praying mainly for conditions to prevail that sustain freedom and peace for the followers of Jesus, so that the gospel would run and triumph, and millions would turn to Christ and be saved for his great glory."
Thursday, February 24th, 2011
“Christians ought to be careful in fully embracing these revolutions, be thoughtful and prayerful, because it may lead to governments that will oppress and persecute Christians."
Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
In this interview, Bishop Paul Hinder talked about the difficulties faced by Christians in the Middle East. Despite the persecution, we believe that gospel should continue to be shared to non-Christians and Muslims should be encouraged to follow Jesus Christ.
Saturday, January 3rd, 2009
"King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa will offer a plot of land to build a Catholic church as a gesture of good will towards the Pope's request. We hope that His Majesty the King's generosity will also include offering a plot of land to build a new evangelical church as well,"
Thursday, May 15th, 2008
Some churches face the possibility of closing down in gulf State of Bahrain.
Saturday, March 15th, 2008
As the number of expatriate Christians in Middle East increases, some of those countries are allowing for more Churches to be constructed.
Wednesday, November 28th, 2007
"We would like to confirm that we don't have any business other than worshipping God. We do not disturb the neighbours. We have also made necessary parking arrangements without causing any problem to neighbours or local friends in the area,"
Thursday, August 3rd, 2006
This is a continuation of a series documenting the status of religious liberty from a Catholic perspective, now addressing several countries in Asia. Unfortunately, it does not mention the case of Abdul Rahman, who was facing the death penalty for becoming a Christian in Afghanistan.