Church opens in Qatar:
Thousands of mosques dot the European landscape, but one church in Arabia gives the resident Christians the jitters, any idea why that is?
* Strange. There are thousands of mosques in the lands of the infidels, behind enemy lines, and there never was a ‘backlash’. Now, after many years, a church opens far out in the desert and the Christinas are shaking in their shoes:
DOHA, Qatar â€” Qatar’s first Christian church has no cross, no bell and no steeple.
Full pic of the mosque church in Qatar
And when 5,000 faithful flock to Our Lady of the Rosary to celebrate its historic consecration this weekend, they pray no one will notice.
Father Tom Veneracion, the parish priest, is worried about a backlash.
“The idea is to be discreet because we don’t want to inflame any sensitivities,” he says. “There isn’t even a signboard outside the church. No signs at all.”
Well, don’t hold your breath…
But its not as if no churches ever existed there: Known as ‘Saudi Arabia’s Petra’, Madain Saleh numbers among the most magical and monumental sites of the Middle East – or it would if it were better known. Built by the Nabataeans in the first century BC, the rock-hewn tombs spread spectacularly over a desert landscape.
The Al-Khuraibah tomb is closed…
* Yes they are…
Vienna – A high-ranking representative of Austria’s Catholic Church for the first time openly voiced reservations against the construction of minarets. “Mosques with minarets would be a provocation,” Elmar Fischer, bishop of Austria’s westernmost diocese in Vorarlberg, said on Tuesday in a press release.
While Austria’s population had been accepting of prayer rooms and mosques in the past, mosques with minarets would run counter to the feelings of “the majority of Vorarlberg’s population.”
There is, of course, no reciprocity. While Muslims may build their mosques even in the Royal Parks of the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Christians may not build churches in Islamic lands. And where they exist, they are firebombed, vandalised, and believers live in fear of the consequences of daring to follow their Lord. And the West utters not a word.