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First Catholic Church Opens in Qatar


by Reena Castelino
Daijiworld Media Network - Doha

Doha, Mar 15: A Long awaited dream came true to all the catholic souls in Doha – Qatar when the new church building of our Lady of Rosary was inaugurated on 14th March 2008, by His Excellency Abdullah Bin Hamed Al-Attiya, Deputy Prime Minster and minister of Energy & Industry of Qatar.  It was a soft opening held on Friday evening which was attended by Bishop Paul Hinder from the Vicariate Apostolic of Arabia, Apostolic Nuncio of Qatar -  Mounget Al-Hachem, Bishop Bernad Gremolic, Archbishop Guiseppe Den Andrea, Bishop Camillo Ballin, visiting priests, Ambassadors, Foreign dignitaries and Members of the Parish Council.

The guests gathered in the multi-purpose auditorium for the ceremony, Father Tomasito Veneracion the parish priest welcomed the gathering and thereafter the ribbon was cut by the Minister to inaugurate the church.

 

Bishop Paul Hinder gave his message to the gathering and offered his thanks to The Emir of Doha, His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser Al Misnad, the entire government and people of Qatar for their kindness and generosity.  He said “the amazing pity and devotion to God of the people of Qatar is well known and we count it a privilege to be allowed to worship here, in a land where we are all reminded to pray constantly, as Christians we are called to pray and serve in a spirit of utmost generosity and love both for God and for our fellow human beings, so that following in our father Abraham’s footsteps, we may be a blessing on humanity, as are all Abraham’s children by the Grace of God”

Speaking to the press His Excellency Abdullah Bin Hamed Al-Attiya, said that the Church would send a positive response to the world.

Members of the Mangalorean Parish Council Sub Core Committee in Doha  has Neelam Lobo as the Co-ordinator, Wilfred Lewis, Wilfred Crasto, Walter D’silva, James Noronha, Thimothy Veigas, Jacintha Pais, Denzil Britto and Reena Castelino as its members, all of them were all present for this inauguration ceremony.

 

The Consecration of the new church will be held on Saturday the 15th March 2008.  At least 30 priests of various catholic denominations would join the main celebrant Cardinal Ivas Dias, who is especially arriving from Rome for the holy mass scheduled at 10 a.m. Though the mass would be in English, prayers in other languages would also be incorporated into it.  The Church of our Lady of Rosary said to be the biggest of a series of churches coming up in the area, is designed by an Italian architect and painted by Signor Valentino Vago and could hold more than 2,000 faithful at one time.


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  • Rita Peters, Mumbai/USA

    Sun, Mar 23 2008

    A Big GOD Bless to H.E.EMIR OF QATAR for the Beautiful Church of OUR LADY OF ROSARY to the parishioners of Doha, Qatar now we have another place of worship. Praise the Lord for this wonderful Gift. Lets hope to have another Church in Saudi Arabia.

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  • JONAS M LOBO , KUWAIT

    Thu, Mar 20 2008

    LET ME SAY THANKS TO THE PEOPLE IN QATAR AND GOD BLESS ALL OF THEM FOR THEIR GREAT HELP VERY VERY VERY HAPPY JONAS FROM KUWAIT AIRWAYS

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  • Lancy Clark, Qatar/USA

    Wed, Mar 19 2008

    Having been born in Qatar and now residing in USA, it is such a pleasure to finally see a Church in Qatar after almost 40yrs. My joy knows no bounds.Sincere gratitude to the Emire of Qatar.

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  • Elizabeth Simoes, Goa / Doha, Qatar

    Tue, Mar 18 2008

    Living in Qatar for almost 20 years, its a dream come true. I sincere appreciate all those who have put in their efforts in making this a reality. God bless and May we always stand United in the Lord and work towards our Mission.

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  • Brian A. D'souza, Goa.

    Tue, Mar 18 2008

    Praise the Lord and thank the Qatar Govt. for giving youll a church. May God Bless all the residents of Qatar and ensure that they attend mass on a regular basis. I spent approx 5 and a half years in Doha and was the Air India Station Manager. I made it a point to attend mass every week without fail and thank Mr. Henry and Agnes Dsouza who are personal friends of mine for years ,took me to church in their car. God Bless you all.

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  • Annamma mani, Kerala/Doha,Qatar

    Mon, Mar 17 2008

    I am , as the structural engineer of the church, extremely happy to see this beautiful building complete and open to the believers. But I feel so unfortunate that people like me were forgotten on this auspicious occasion. People who stretched their brains for months to see that the building stands safe and stable. However I am absolutely grateful to The God and the Emir of Qatar for giving me the opportunity to get involved with the design of this church, which made my life on this planet very meaningful. Annamma mani

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  • Archie Rodrigues, THOTTAM, UDUPI

    Sun, Mar 16 2008

    "I walk slowly, but I never walk backward."Abraham Lincon". A long time ago some one saw a dream of having a Church In Qatar, now the dream has come true. I take this oppurtunity to thank first of all the Beloved Amir for all the goodness bestowed on our Christian community & to the Security forces who worked behind the scenes to make this opening a grand sucess.

    A big thanks from the bottom of my heart to the Parish priest Fr Tom, associated Priest, Volunteers without whom we would have been sheep without a sheperd. May God in his mighty grant all the communities of Qatar the Prosperity, Peace, Joy & Happiness.

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  • Lancelot N Tauro, Mangalore -Vasai-Doha Qatar

    Sun, Mar 16 2008

    It was grand opening ceremony, Nice to see Qataries welcoming worshipers with smile at the entrance and also controlling and directing the traffic, beautifully constructed interior structure complex, Praise the Lord. God bless Emir of Qatar, and Qataries. Cool place to worship. OUR LADY of ROSARY.

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  • Clement Coorg, Mangalore/Dubai

    Sun, Mar 16 2008

    We all christians sincerely thank His Highness the EMIR OF QATAR for giving a place of worship for christians residing in Qatar.

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  • OlwynLancy, Ferar/Mangalore/Dubai

    Sun, Mar 16 2008

    It was the great day those who are in Doha-Qatar god has fulfiled thier needs, when i was in Qatar we use to go in hidden place to worship.may God Bless them who have work hard for made it possible

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  • L . J , Brahmavar, BRAHMAVAR

    Sun, Mar 16 2008

    It is a Great work in Lenten season to reach the Gods word to more and more people.It is a gift from God.

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  • Vince Roy, Bangalore/Saudi

    Sun, Mar 16 2008

    Praise the Lord. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, let's thank our Lord for this grace and same time continue our prayers for a public place of worship.

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  • JAMES D'SA, CHICKMAGALUR

    Sun, Mar 16 2008

    It is real a gift of god to all christian residing at QATAR who got a place praise & worship. Thanks to rulers of Doha Qatar.

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  • Joseph Fernandes, mangalore / qatar

    Sat, Mar 15 2008

    Congratulations to all the parishioners of Qatar. Our dream has come true. We have our own place of worship now. Our sincere thanks to His Highness the Emir of Qatar for his kindness PRAISE BE TO GOD

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  • donfrank, mangalore

    Sat, Mar 15 2008

    Praise the Lord for this beautiful gift! This good news has come when we celebrate the Holy Week. May our Saviour Lord Jesus Christ bless the Ruler of Qatar, Bishop Paul Hinder, all Catholics of the Qatar parish and all those people who were responsible for the building of this church. May there be more churches in other parts of Gulf States, where thousands of Christians are residing and working. We all pray for that and we are sure that our Lord will hear our prayers, and that our wishes would be fufilled very soon.May the Lord bless us ALL.

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  • Michael D'Souza, Kinnigoli(Appanakodi), Muscat

    Sat, Mar 15 2008

    Glory to God in the Highest Heaven, Praise the Lord. Big thanks for all the people in Authority, God bless them for their support n good heart for the christians people, by their support it has been made possible for all the christians to worship the Lord. Specially during the Holy, n Easter. May he work wornders n let his glory be made known to all generation.

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  • Mr Augustine Daniel D'Souza, Udupi Vasai Virar STATE OF KUWAIT

    Sat, Mar 15 2008

    I sincerely thank to the EMIR OF STATE OF QATAR for giving the chance to construct the CHURCH of of OUR LADY OF ROSARY also I thank to our H.E. Bishop Paul Hinder.

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  • Alfred J. Rebello, Kundapur/Dubai

    Sat, Mar 15 2008

    Beautiful. I am pleased to see wonderful pictures of this beautiful place of worship. Let God shower his blessings and knidness on those people who allowed to build this church where christians pray as per their religious right.

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  • WILMA SALDANHA, Mlore/ Abu Dhabi

    Sat, Mar 15 2008

    May God shower his blessings upon our shepherd H.E. Bishop Paul Hinder and his flock and all who made this possible. We continue to pray for the freedom of worship in other places and unity of the Church.

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  • Francis Thomas, Quilon/oman,Sohar

    Sat, Mar 15 2008

    Another beautiful place of worship.Praise the Lord for this wonderful gift.

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  • Aveline pinto, Niddodi / Vasai-Mumbai

    Sat, Mar 15 2008

    It is very good that we got our own church a holy place to worship God. Thanks to all who made it possible.Let us hope Saudi Arabia too will provide us the place for prayer and worship.

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  • Noel J Karat, Mangalore / Mumbai

    Sat, Mar 15 2008

    Fantastic job done. May God Bless all who have taken great pains in building the church.

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