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Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rosary (Doha)

Rosary Church, Doha
Catholic Church of our Lady of the Rosary
Location Abu Hamour,[1] Doha
Country Qatar
Denomination Roman Catholic
Consecrated 15 March 2008[2]
Capacity 2 700[3]
Division Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia
Priest in charge Fr. Selvaraj Arockiam OFM Cap
Church facade

The Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rosary (Arabic: كنيسة سيدة الوردية‎) is a Roman Catholic church in Doha, Qatar. It is located, along with churches of other Christian denominations, at the Religious Complex in Abu Hamour.[1] It is the first church built in the country since the Muslim conquests in the 7th century.[4][5]

The church was constructed at a cost of around $20 million on land donated by the Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.[3] Due to the laws in Islamic Qatar, the church displays no Christian symbols like crosses, bells, or a steeple on its exterior.[6]

The church was dedicated on 14 March 2008, by Cardinal Ivan Dias in a ceremony attended by Qatari Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah; Archbishop Mounged Al Hachem, the ambassador of the Holy See to the Gulf; Bishop Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicariate of Arabia; Archbishop Giuseppe Andrea, former nuncio of the Holy See to the region; and several Qatari officials.[2][7]

The church is part of the Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia and serves around 200,000 Catholics in Qatar,[1] most of them migrant workers from the Philippines, India, South America, Africa, Lebanon and Europe.[1][8][9]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Ramesh Mathew (22 February 2014). "Prince Charles visits churches in Abu Hamour".  
  2. ^ a b  
  3. ^ a b Khatri, Shabina S. (2008-06-20). "Qatar opens first church, quietly". Al Jazeera English. 
  4. ^  
  5. ^ Murphy, Caryle (2009-02-09). "For the first time, Christians in Qatar worship in church".  
  6. ^ Verma, Sonia (14 March 2008). "First Catholic Church Opens in Qatar, Sparking Fear of Backlash Against Christians". Fox News. 
  7. ^ "First Catholic Church in Arabic country to be dedicated to Mary".  
  8. ^ "Re-Organisation of the Vicariates of the Arabian Peninsula".  
  9. ^ "First church in Qatar has low profile".  

Further reading

External links

  • Official website
  • Catholic Blog, Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Doha, Qatar

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