Why Bishop Ballin must “walk a tightrope” while building a new cathedral

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Bishop Camillo Ballin

Recently, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah of Bahrain agreed to donate land for the construction of a Catholic church, to be called “Our Lady of Arabia,” which will serve as the cathedral for the Vicariate of Northern Arabia. Without a church, the custom up to this point has been that guest workers who want to attend Mass generally go to one of the Western embassies, especially Italy’s, or they gather either in a private home or on the grounds of a foreign-owned oil company.

Bishop Camillo Ballin, a 69-year-old Italian and member of the Comboni missionary religious order, leads this burgeoning Catholic community. He was in the United States in early March to raise money for the cathedral, which he estimates will cost around $30 million.

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2 Comments

  1. A lot of $ for his Appeal!
    There must be some Place else, the $ would service better!
    Would you Donate? NO

  2. This sounds a lot like a crafty Arab oligarch’s way of keeping the imported Catholic serfs pacified and docile. I hope the bishop’s efforts bear better fruit than that.


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