» 11/08/2007, 00.00
VATICAN – SAUDI ARABIA
Apostolic Vicar in Arabia: affinity and convergence between Pope and Saudi King
Msgr. Paul Hinder comments on the historic visit of King Abdullah to Benedict XVI. Their common concerns regarding the family and peace in the Middle East. The problems and arrests of Christians in Saudi Arabia, the only nation in the Arabian peninsula with no diplomatic relations with the Holy See.
07/11/2007 INDIA – SAUDI ARABIA
Brian O’Connor: the doubts and hopes of King Abdullah’s visit to the Pope
The Christian of Indian origins was detained for 7 months in Saudi Arabia’s prisons because of his faith. In an interview with AsiaNews he comments on the meeting yesterday in the Vatican: a positive step but now Riyadh must really commit itself to respecting religious freedom. Reflections on the persecution of Christian and all non Muslims, and a request for reciprocity.
26/01/2006 LEBANON USA
Hariri in US, to see Bush tomorrow
The meeting will focus on Lebanese crisis. Nabih Berri levels harsh criticism at the government. Prime Minister Siniora will be in Amman tomorrow then fly to Cairo.
07/11/2007 SAUDI ARABIA – VATICAN
Pope and Abdullah focus on religious freedom, says Arab press
Saudi sources say discussion underlined rejection of terrorism. The ‘historic meeting’ is reported in papers and TV both inside and outside Saudi Arabia with spotlight on inter-faith co-operation. Some however forget to mention that the former includes the Jews.
06/11/2007 VATICAN – SAUDI ARABIA
Pope and King Abdullah talk about inter-faith dialogue and peace between Israelis and Palestinians
The first meeting between a Saudi king and the head of the Roman Catholic Church takes place in a “cordial atmosphere.” Press release mentions Christians living in Saudi Arabia and unexpectedly refers to Jews.
26/03/2008 SAUDI ARABIA
Contradictory signals from the Saudis on interreligious dialogue
Favourable attitudes toward welcoming other religions alternate with reactions of entrenchment and dissent. King Abdullah declares openly his commitment to fostering interreligious dialogue, while last week the majority of the members of the consultative council voted against the resolution to respect other faiths.
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