King of Bahrain donates land for construction of Catholic Cathedral

King Fahad                                                                                                                                      

      King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa

The King of Bahrain has donated 9,000 square metres of land to the Catholic Church for the construction of a cathedral.

Mgr Camillo Ballin, mccj, Apostolic Vicar of north Arabia, vicariate which includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia told Fides that he was in Kuwait when he received a request for a meeting from the King of Bahrain’s Minister, Shaykh Ahmed Bin Ateytallah Al Khalifa, who later handed him the deeds to the land.

Mgr Ballin was keen to highlight that the document was dated 11 February, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes that in Bahrain corresponds to Our Lady of Arabia .

“Our prayers have been answered,” writes the Bishop. “Our Lady of Arabia is capable of doing miracles!”

Bishop Ballin said that 13 February he was invited to the royal palace for a meeting with King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa with all the religious authorities, and was that he was going to be seated seated next to the King as a guest of honour. He said this would enable him to personally thank the King for this gift. The new church will be Cathedral dedicated to Our Lady of Arabia.

Source: Fides




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