Saudis said to choose against building a Catholic church
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Riyadh, Mar. 25, 2008 ( – The president of the Middle East Center
for Strategic Studies, Anwatr al Oshqi, has reported that Saudi Arabia’s
royal family has decided against building a Catholic church in the kingdom.

Earlier this month Vatican Radio reported that the Saudi government was
weighing a proposal for the construction of a Catholic church. That report
came as a surprise, since the Saudi regime does not allow public worship by
any faith other than Islam.

In November 2007, when King Abdullah became the first reigning Saudi king
ever to visit the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI (
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him to allow the building of a Catholic church.

While it was not an official response to that request, Al Oshqi’s report
carries considerable weight because it was made during a broadcast on the Al
Arabiya news channel, which is owned by the Saudi royal family.


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