A local newspaper reported that Bahrain is set to become the headquarters of the Vicariate of Northern Arabia headed by Bishop Camillo Ballin. The Kingdom will succeed Kuwait as the seat of the Roman Catholic Church’s Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia.
The move will come after the completion of a new Roman Catholic church. The new church will be constructed in Awali on a 9,000 square meters plot of land donated by His Majesty the King in May of this year. It will include the transfer of the official residence of the Bishop and the seat of the Vicariate of Northern Arabia. The Vicariate looks after the spiritual well-being of over 2 million Roman Catholics in the GCC area.
The decision came after careful evaluation, consideration and the conclusion that due to Bahrain’s central locale, fewer visa restrictions, and most importantly the Kingdom’s openness and tolerance towards religion, are characteristics that would greatly facilitate the work of the church, including its officials. Moreover, this move would better enable care for its parishioners.
Source: Human Rights Without Frontiers