» 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.
13/09/2017 09:32:00 VATICAN-OMAN
The Holy See thanks Oman for the release of Fr. Tom
Sultan Qabus's commitment to securing the release was decisive. The priest was traced thanks to "some Yemeni parties". Fr. Tom will be in Rome for a few days. The "strength in faith and perseverance" of his family. Today Salesian homes around the world, will celebrate with a Mass of Thanksgiving and Eucharistic adoration.
14/09/2017 11:53:00 VATICAN-YEMEN
Medical care for Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, who met the Pope yesterday
The priest, released after 18 months of kidnapping in Yemen, will remain in the Vatican "to secure his wellbeing and allow for his full recovery." Father Tom tried to kiss Pope Francis' feet, who raised him and kissed his hands. "I've always felt Jesus next to me." Renewed thanks to the sultan of Oman. The Major Rector: No ransom was paid.
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.
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