Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Catholic priest arrested and expelled from Saudi Arabia

Why? You ask?

On 5 April, Fr George had just celebrated mass in a private house when seven religious policemen (muttawa) broke into the house together with two ordinary policemen. The police arrested the priest and another person.

ah..for worshiping in a private home.

A few years ago the Saudi government bowed to international pressure, and allowed the practice of other faiths in private, however this still leaves Christians in Saudi Arabia with little or no access to pastoral care.

Despite assurances, the muttawa still arrest, imprison and torture many who practice other faiths, even in the privacy of their own homes.

Below are links to the stories

1 comment:

Bent El Neel said...

Yeah it's like when Abdul Rahman was arrested, it was because he was found reading a Bible!!!!!

22Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.
23Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.

(Matthew 6:22-23)