Christianity in Qatar
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The Christian community in Qatar is a diverse mix of Europeans, North and South Americans, Asians, Middle Easterners, and Africans. No foreign missionary groups operate openly in the country. A board composed of members of all the Christian churches was formed to liaise directly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on religious matters. The Christian population of Qatar forms around 8.5% of the total population, around 120,000 people.
There are no local Christians in Qatar; all Christians are foreign expatriates.
Among the denominations mentioned in World Christian Encyclopedia, second edition, Volume 1, p. 617-618 are Mar Thoma Syrian Church (India), Arab Evangelical Church, Christian Brethren and Anglican Church.
The Coptic minority in Qatar is substantial. There are about 50,000 Roman Catholics, who are under the jurisdiction of the Apostolic Vicariate of Arabia. Qatar's Anglican population is estimated at 7,000 to 10,000 persons. In 2008 the first church in 14 centuries, Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, was opened in Doha.
- Qatar article
- Roman Catholicism in Qatar article
- World Christian Encyclopedia, Second edition, Volume 1, p. 617