Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Bishop of Arabia

Work has begun on the construction of Qatar's first purpose-built church in the desert outside Doha, the country's capital. Although the country's native inhabitants are entirely Muslim - and are prohibited by law from converting to another faith - the new Catholic church will cater to the large number of Christian migrants who have come to the Arabia Gulf state in search of work.

Paul Hinder, the Catholic Church's Bishop of Arabia, [is] a Christian in the heart of the Muslim world, his diocese is the entire Arabian peninsular, encompassing six countries.

He oversees churches in Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen and even in Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam where Christianity is practiced behind closed doors.

Numbers in the congregations regularly beat those in congregations in Europe and even in the United States.

Can't wait to see the stained glass windows on that baby.


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