We have $162,320 to go in our Fall Campaign. Every penny is used to strengthen the Church. See details!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Bahrain's king offers shelter to Christian refugees from Iraq

Catholic World News - August 27, 2014

King Hamad Bin Isa al Khalifa of Bahrain has offered refuge to 200 Christian refugee families from Mosul, Iraq, the Zenit news agency reports.

"This shows his generosity toward Christians," remarked Bishop Camillo Ballin, the apostolic vicar for Bahrain, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. The bishop said that the Islamic State is rejected by responsible Muslims, adding that "I have not found statements supporting ISIS in Bahrain or Kuwait or elsewhere."

Located just off the coast of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain is one of the countries in the region where Christians can practice their faith openly. Earlier this year King Hamad donated land for the construction of a Catholic cathedral, which will serve a population of about 2.5 million Catholics-- nearly all of them guest workers-- on the Arabian peninsula. Construction work on the cathedral began in June.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($162,320 to go):
$200,000.00 $37,679.72
81% 19%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: vjenkins78814 - Aug. 27, 2014 11:07 PM ET USA

    Let us hope that other Arab nations in the region do likewise. God bless King Hamad Bin Isa al Khalifa of Bahrain.

Fall Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

A secret plot to control the Synod? No; it's not secret at all. 2 hours ago
What about Catholic affirmation for those in false marriages? 4 hours ago
Free eBook: Pope Francis' Catechesis on the Family October 7
The headlines say Gov. Brown is Catholic. He says he's not sure what that means. October 7
Archbishop predicts Synod won't change Church teaching. Why am I not reassured? October 7

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
In Cuba, Pope emphasizes service to the vulnerable, praises thaw in US-Cuban relations CWN - September 21
Pope challenges America in speech to US Congress CWN - September 24
As Synod opens, Pope calls on Church to defend ‘unity and indissolubility’ of marriage bond CWN - October 5