Vatican plans to open church in Saudi Arabia

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.../wsaudi117.xml


Vatican plans to open church in Saudi Arabia
By Malcolm Moore in Rome
Last Updated: 2:37am GMT 18/03/2008



The Vatican is in negotiations with Saudi Arabia to open the first Catholic church in the kingdom.

Archbishop Mounged El-Hachem, the papal envoy to Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates said talks had started a few weeks ago, in the wake of King Abdullah’s visit to Pope Benedict last November.

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Currently, all Saudi citizens are required by law to be Muslim, and the Mutaween, or religious police, strictly prohibits the public practice of non-Muslim religions.

The last Christian priest was expelled from the kingdom in 1985.

However, the Vatican’s relationship with the Muslim world is improving rapidly, and Qatar opened its first Catholic church on Sunday.

Mgr El-Hachem said a church in Saudi Arabia would be an important sign of “reciprocity” between the faiths.

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the Vatican's head of relations with Islam, has established a permanent body for dialogue between the religions.

However, he criticised the Archbishop of Canterbury for going too far in suggesting elements of Sharia law would inevitably be incorporated into the British legal system.
What's that line Baldrick has in BAGF?...oh yeah "BOOM! BOOM BOOM! BOOM!.......BOOM! BOOOM!"
 
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A fundamentalist bunch of religious loonies... blank or blankety-blank.
 
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petergriffen said:
What's that line Baldrick has in BAGF?...oh yeah "BOOM! BOOM BOOM! BOOM!.......BOOM! BOOOM!"
Wasn't that Basil Brush? :? :D

Anyway, back on thread: this will be a very interesting one to watch, given the very delicate line the House of Saud has to tread with regard to the hard-line Islamists in the country.
 
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Excellent, lets get all the worlds religions based in one country. Then drop a bucket of sunshine on it, as a thank you for blood split in their pointless beliefs.

Then try and get back on the road to civilisation, we may make it one day.
 
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Given that Islam is apparently a tolerant religion then it would be a good sign of this if a church were opened. Not particularly anti-Islam but I do find that Muslim cries for them to be given their religious freedoms a bit rich when you look at how other faiths are treated in some Muslim countries. Interesting to see how it pans out.
 
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I wonder if they will allow a mosque to be built in the Vatican city?
 
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leveller said:
Excellent, lets get all the worlds religions based in one country. Then drop a bucket of sunshine on it, as a thank you for blood split in their pointless beliefs.

Then try and get back on the road to civilisation, we may make it one day.
I'm standing beside you citizen. (raises a militant clenched fist salute)
 
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stacker1 said:
I wonder if they will allow a mosque to be built in the Vatican city?
Why not?

They are fcuking everywhere else!!!!
 
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bloke owns burger stand for 15 years, mosque opens near his pitch, he gets told to move as smell of bacon and burgers are offensive to mosque go-ers. Cunts
 
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Totally fcuking irrelevant to a Military-centric Current Affairs.

Arrsehooped.
 

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