Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia

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Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia
Apostolicus Vicariatus Arabiae Septentrionalis
النيابة الرسولية العربية الشمالية
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Country Kuwait
Saudi Arabia
Area 17,900 km2 (6,900 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2014)
2,445,000 (6.7%)
Parishes 4
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)
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Website of the Apostolic Vicariate

The Vicariate Apostolic of Northern Arabia (Latin: Vicariatus Apostolicus Arabiæ Septentrionalis 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 January 2011, Pope Benedict XVI through the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments declared the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title Our Lady of Arabia patroness of the Northern Vicariate.

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]

Episcopal ordinaries[edit]

(all Roman Rite)

Vicars Apostolic of Northern Arabia[edit]

  1. Ubaldo Teofano Stella, OCD (29 June 1953 – 4 June 1955)
  2. Victor León Esteban San Miguel y Erce, OCD (31 May 1976 – 5 November 1981)
  3. Francis George Adeodatus Micallef, OCD (5 November 1981 – 14 July 2005)
  4. Camillo Ballin, MCCI (14 July 2005 – )

See also[edit]


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

External links[edit]