Catholic Vicariate Moves from Kuwait to Bahrain
The Catholic Church's Vicariate of Northern Arabia will move its headquarters from Kuwait to Bahrain, saying the country's location is more accessible for meetings. Apostolic Vicar Bishop Camillo Ballin expressed his "heartfelt gratitude" to King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain and the ruling family for their "magnanimous gesture of goodwill to the Catholic community of Bahrain," the bishop's office said in an Aug. 9 statement.
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Catholic Church's Vicariate of Northern Arabia
Kuwaiti Member of Parliament Osama Al-Munawer announced his plans to submit a bill calling for the removal of all churches in Kuwait, according to the Kuwait Times. After facing criticism, he later said that existing churches should remain, but he advocated a ban on the construction of any new non-Islamic places of worship. In March, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah reportedly said it is "necessary to destroy all the churches of the region" in accord with an ancient rule that only Islam may be practiced there. Source: CNA
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