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January 13, 2000
volume 11, no. 9
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VATICAN, BAHRAIN ANNOUNCE DIPLOMATIC TIES

    VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- The Holy See will soon establish formal diplomatic relations with Bahrain, according to announcements issued simultaneously in Rome and in Manama, the capital of the Persian Gulf state.

    That January 12 announcement came just weeks after the emir of Bahrain, Sheikh Hamad bin Essa al-Khalifa, was received at the Vatican by Pope John Paul II. Following his conversation with the Pontiff on November 22, the Sheikh told reporters that he was particularly anxious to promote friendly relations between Christians and Muslims in the Persian Gulf region.

    There are only about 30,000 Catholics living in Bahrain; the vast majority of them are migrant workers from other countries-- primarily the Philippines. They are served by only one parish, with three priests. That parish comes under the jurisdiction of the apostolic vicariate of Arabia.

          

January 13, 2000
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