Christianity in Qatar


Christianity in Qatar
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The Christian community in Qatar is a diverse mix of Indians, Filipinos, Europeans, Palestinians, Egyptians, Syrians, Lebanese, and Americans. No foreign missionary groups operate openly in the country. A board composed of members of all the Christian churches was formed to liaise directly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on religious matters. The Christian population of Qatar forms around 8.5% of the total population, around 120,000 people.[citation needed]

Denominations

Among the denominations mentioned in World Christian Encyclopedia, second edition, Volume 1, p. 617-618 are Mar Thoma Syrian Church (India), Arab Evangelical Church, Christian Brethren and Anglican Church.

The Coptic minority in Qatar is influential. There are about 50,000 Roman Catholics who are under the jurisdiction of the Apostolic Vicariate of Arabia. Qatar's Anglican population is estimated at 7,000 to 10,000 persons. In 2008 the first church in 14 centuries, Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, was opened in Doha.

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