Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rosary (Doha)

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Rosary Church, Doha
Catholic Church of our Lady of the Rosary
Location Abu Hamour,[1] Doha
Country Qatar
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website http://www.rosarychurchqatar.com/
History
Consecrated 15 March 2008[2]
Specifications
Capacity 2 700[3]
Administration
Division Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia
Clergy
Priest in charge Fr. Selvaraj Arockiam OFM Cap
Church facade

The Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rosary (Arabic: كنيسة سيدة الوردية‎) is a Roman Catholic church in Doha, Qatar. It is located, along with churches of other Christian denominations, at the Religious Complex in Abu Hamour.[1] It is the first church built in the country since the Muslim conquests in the 7th century.[4][5]

The church was constructed at a cost of around $20 million on land donated by the Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.[3] Due to the laws in Islamic Qatar, the church displays no Christian symbols like crosses, bells, or a steeple on its exterior.[6]

The church was dedicated on 14 March 2008, by Cardinal Ivan Dias in a ceremony attended by Qatari Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah; Archbishop Mounged Al Hachem, the ambassador of the Holy See to the Gulf; Bishop Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicariate of Arabia; Archbishop Giuseppe Andrea, former nuncio of the Holy See to the region; and several Qatari officials.[2][7]

The church is part of the Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia and serves around 200,000 Catholics in Qatar,[1] most of them migrant workers from the Philippines, India, South America, Africa, Lebanon and Europe.[1][8][9]

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Coordinates: 25°12′45″N 51°31′19″E / 25.2126°N 51.5219°E / 25.2126; 51.5219