lunedì 8 agosto 2022

Bahrain Catholic cathedral to be consecrated on Dec. 10

A new Catholic cathedral in Bahrain, Our Lady of Arabia, will be consecrated on Dec. 10 by the prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.  The ark-shaped structure, which seats 2,300 people, will be the largest Catholic cathedral in the Gulf region. It was built on a plot of land that was given eight years ago to the church by Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, who has been king of Bahrain since 2002. The king will inaugurate the cathedral on Dec. 9. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only a small number of people will be allowed to attend the inaugural ceremony and consecration. The cathedral is part of a complex of around 95,000 square feet in Awali, a small municipality in the center of the country, which has a population of 1.7 million people. (...)