06 April 2011

Life as a Christian in Saudi Arabia

Catholic World News has a brief story quoting Camille Eid who describes what life is like for Christians in Saudi Arabia:
[I]t is hard to be a lay Catholic in Saudi Arabia because you have to have a very deep background in your faith. You cannot have copies of the Gospel in your home. You cannot have a rosary. You cannot have contact with your Christian friends as a community; you can have Christian friends, you can frequent the foreign communities but you are prohibited from talking about your faith … In other Islamic countries Friday is a holiday so Mass as a community [is allowed], but not on Sunday because Sunday is considered a working day; but even this is not the case in Saudi Arabia.
Let us pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters in the Muslim world and give thanks to God for the freedoms we enjoy and so often take for granted.

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