DOHA, Qatar (CWNews.com) - The Islamic government of Qatar
has approved the building of a Catholic church in the
capital to serve the Persian Gulf country's estimated
60,000 Catholics, according to the Gulf Times newspaper.
The newspaper quoted Italian Ambassador Ignazio Di Pace as
calling the move "a very important step, consistent with
the principles of tolerance and freedom which are among the
noble goals of the emir," Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.
Other Persian Gulf countries, including the United Arab
Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, and Kuwait, already have churches
and allow Christians to practice their faith freely.