On behalf of the migrant workers, the children and families and my fellow religious who today serve in Northern Arabia, I appeal to you to join with us to help build the first Catholic cathedral in Awali, Bahrain in Northern Arabia.
The cathedral will be dedicated to Our Lady of Arabia, and will serve some 2.5 million Catholics in the Northern Arabian Peninsula. The new cathedral will be not only a place of worship for our brothers and sisters and a training center for the formation of catechists, but a star of Hope in the region.
We have partnered with Aid to the Church in Need in the United States - a papal foundation that supports the pastoral needs of the Church around the world − to raise funds for this important project.
Your help is urgently needed. Will you make a Gift of Faith in honor of Our Blessed Mother? Thank you.
About the Cathedral:
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Arabia complex will include: the main cathedral, which will accommodate 2,600 faithful; a Bishop's House; 16 multipurpose halls; residential accommodations for visiting clergy; a training center for catechists.
The Catholic Presence:
An estimated 2.5 million Catholics live and work in this region, which covers 880,000 square miles. Our faithful are hardworking migrants from many nations, who have come to this region in search of jobs to support their families, who are often left behind. About 90 percent of the faithful belong to the Latin Rite, while 10 percent belong to the Eastern Rite. The new cathedral will be a place of worship for the faithful in ten parishes and more than 100 underground communities of the Vicariate of Northern Arabia.
Thank you and may God bless you always.
Bishop Camillo Ballin, mccj
Apostolic Vicar of Northern Arabia