Bishop Criticizes Muslim Countries Denying Religious Freedom to Christians

October 10, 2005

Source: Middle East Times

On October 10, 2005 the Middle East Times reported, "A Roman Catholic bishop taking part in the Vatican synod criticized Muslim countries on Saturday for not allowing Christians to practice their faith. Archbishop Berhaneyesus Souraphiel of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia cited the example of Ethiopian and Eritrean guest workers in Arab countries who he claimed were unable to practice their Christian faith. He named Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the Gulf States in a speech to more than 240 bishops gathered at the Vatican to discuss the problems facing the Catholic Church worldwide."