Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia

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Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia
Apostolicus Vicariatus Arabiae Septentrionalis
النيابة الرسولية العربية الشمالية
Location
Country Kuwait
Bahrain
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Statistics
Area 17,900 km2 (6,900 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
2,650,000
1,127,954 (42.6%)
Parishes 4
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 29 June 1953 (As Prefecture Apostolic of Kuwait)
2 December 1954 (As Apostolic Vicariate of Kuwait)
31 May 2011 (As Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia)
Cathedral Holy Family Cathedral, Kuwait
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Apostolic Vicar Camillo Ballin
Emeritus Bishops Francis George Adeodatus Micallef Vicar Apostolic Emeritus (1982-2005)
Website
Website of the Apostolic Vicariate

The Vicariate Apostolic of Northern Arabia (Latin: Vicariatus Apostolicus Arabiæ Settentrionale Arabic: القاصد الرسولي في شمال المملكة العربية) is a Catholic vicariate apostolic located in Bahrain. It covers the countries of: Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, although there are no churches in Saudi Arabia. The superior of the vicariate is the Italian Bishop Camillo Ballin MCCJ.

Formerly part of the Vicariate Apostolic of Arabia, in 1953 the vicariate was established with the name of the Vicariate Apostolic of Kuwait. In 2011, some additional territory of the Vicariate Apostolic of Arabia was transferred to this jurisdiction and both vicariates were renamed.

In August 2012, it was decided to transfer the headquarters of the vicariate from Kuwait to Bahrain because Bahrain is closer to Saudi Arabia, where most of the vicariate's laypeople live. Another reason for the transfer was that Bahrain had a more lenient visa policy.[1]

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  1. ^ Vatican moves Gulf seat to Bahrain to simplify logistics

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