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APOSTOLIC VICARIATE OF NORTHERN ARABIA
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. 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.
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
APOSTOLIC VICARIATE OF SOUTHERN ARABIA
The Apostolic Vicariate (or Vicariate Apostolic) of Southern Arabia (Latin: Vicariatus Apostolicus Arabiæ Meridionalis) is a Roman Catholic apostolic vicariate located in the United Arab Emirates.
It is a territorial jurisdiction of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church covering the following countries of the Arabian Peninsula and surrounding region: Oman, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. The superior of the vicariate is the Swiss born Bishop Paul Hinder OFM Cap. It was established in 1888 as the Apostolic Vicariate of Aden and changed to its current name in 2011. The See of the jurisdiction was in Aden until 1973, when it was transferred to St. Joseph's Cathedral in Abu Dhabi. Since 1916 it has been in the care of the Capuchins of Florence.
Originally part of the Vicariate Apostolic of the Gallas, the Vicariate Apostolic of Arabia was formed as a prefecture by Pope Pius IX on 21 January 1875. It was made into a vicariate Apostolic on 25 April 1888, by Pope Leo XIII as the Vicariate Apostolic of Aden, located in Yemen. On the 28 June 1889 the name was changed to the Vicariate Apostolic of Arabia responsible for the countries of the Arabian Peninsula and surrounding region: Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Somalia and Yemen, an area of over 1,200,000 square miles (3,100,000 km2). There are Catholic parishes in all these countries with the exception of Saudi Arabia and Somalia, where the public practice of non-Islamic religions is forbidden.
On 29 June 1953, the then Apostolic Prefecture of Kuwait (which has become the Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia) was separated from the Apostolic Vicariate of Arabia, and a subsequent redrawing of boundaries in 2011 reduced its jurisdiction to the countries of Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
The vicariate was governed by the Capuchin friars, though Franciscan sisters have also been involved, especially in the beginning.
- Total population as of 2004: 47,760,669
- Total Catholic population as of 2004: 1,300,500 (2.7% of the whole)
- Parishes: 20
- Total priests (diocesan and religious): 45
- Catholics per priest: 28,900
- Louis-Callixte Lasserre, O.F.M. Cap. (1888 Appointed - April 1900 Resigned)
- Bernard Thomas Edward Clark, O.F.M. Cap. (21 March 1902 Appointed - 18 June 1910 Appointed, Bishop of Port Victoria o Seychelles)
- Raffaele Presutti, O.F.M. Cap. (13 September 1910 Appointed - 1915 Died)
- Evangelista Latino Enrico Vanni, O.F.M. Cap. (15 April 1916 Appointed - 1925 Resigned)
- Pacifico Tiziano Micheloni, O.F.M. Cap. (25 April 1933 Appointed - 6 July 1936 Died)
- Giovanni Tirinnanzi, O.F.M. Cap. (2 July 1937 Appointed - 27 January 1949 Died)
- Irzio Luigi Magliacani, O.F.M. Cap. (25 December 1949 Appointed - 1969 Retired)
- Giovanni Bernardo Gremoli, O.F.M. Cap. (2 October 1975 Appointed - 21 March 2005 Retired)
- Paul Hinder, O.F.M. Cap. (21 March 2005 Appointed - current)