Roman Catholicism in Saudi Arabia


Roman Catholicism in Saudi Arabia

The Catholic Church in Saudi Arabia is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope and curia in Rome.

Public worship of non-Islamic religions is forbidden in Saudi Arabia and Christians of all denominations have been subjected to persecution for public preaching [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/129369.stm Moves urged to get Filipinos on Saudi Arabia freed] ] . Possession of Bibles, in theory, is not a crime although possession of large quantities can carry severe penalties as it may be viewed as evidence of intent to convert others [ [http://www.fco.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1007029390590&a=KCountryAdvice&aid=1013618387135 British travel advice for Saudi Arabia] ] . However, there are some signs of more openness. Pope Benedict XVI and King Abdullah have begun negotiations on opening the first Catholic church in the kingdom [ [http://www.newsweek.com/id/131774/page/3 How Benedict XVI Will Make History] ] .

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