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Pol), says peace andthe e theinjur ,andrefug Saudis not represented at Vatican summit i must be won in "Now it is a matter ofwinning the peace, he said. Christianity outlawed in The entire region faces "many problems," the Middle East he said Some have been caused by the war but others, such as the situations in Leba- By John Thavis now number four million out of a total 11 non and Israel, have been points of tension million population. Many are from pre~ By Cindy Wooden for decade~ , " Vatican City (CNS) - When the Vatican dominantly Catholic countries like the Phil- Navarro-VaUs said the Vatican s concerns planned its summit on the Gulf war, it could ippines. This helps explain why, despite the Vatican City ((INS) - The Persian Gulf for the furore of the Gulf region were corn- have set a symbolic place at the table for ban on worship and proselytizing, the War may have ended with a cease-fire, but municated by Archbishop Angelo Sodano, Saudi Arabia. Catholic community there has increased peace must still be won in the region, said Vatican pro-secretary of state, to Guido de Unlike other major Catholic cormnuni-four-fold in the last ten years• Vatican spok,esl rsonJoaquin Navarre-Vails• Marco, president of the U.N. General As- ties in the Middle East, Saudi Catholics did The Church in Saudi Arabia today relY / ~ar The pope s "thoughts and his prayers are sembly, not send a representative to the March 4-5 resents a flock larger than several of the IL ~fll still with all those - of all parties involved - De Marco, who met Pope John Paul and meeting, older Catholic communities in the Middle Was who have suffered the most by this war," Sodano, was asked to pass the Vatican s That's because in Saudi Arabia- the host East, whose patriarchs were summoned to Navarre-Vails said. He mentioned the dead concerns on to the U.N. Secretary General nation of Operation Desert Storm - the the Vatican meeting. ,, ,, and to the Security Council, Navarre-Vails practice of Christianity is oudawed. An effort to maintain an unofficial pas- ~c, • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • said. L Living under strict Islamic law, the esfi- toral ministry in Saudi Arabia is an up-and- • • During a Mar. 4-5 meeting, the Vatican mated 400,000 Catholics in the country go down battle that presently is in a down ~u, • • was expected to make concrete plans for without regular pastoral care. There is no phase. • • bishop, and officially no priest is allowed to Under pressure from Muslim funda- ba~ • • ~ operate. . mentalists, ~~r • • "We're Ir= • .~.~ Saudi lead-%i •. . • "Now it is a matter of winning in the cam- i~~~ ~ ~.~ ers adopted • • the peace." combs in ~;~ ... ~.~~ ~;;~ an increav t~l " ~ ~ S a u d ! ~~~~~ ingly strict • • how it could assist victims of the war and try Arabia, ~~~~~~ interpreta" ~ to influence the future of the Middle East said one IUt,l~l~ ~ "~~~ tion of Is- ~ • • in the war s aftermath. Church of- ~ lamic law • • The seven Catholic patria,r, chs of the ficial who ~ over the last ~i ~ Middle East, as well as bishops conference has worked IV . d e c a d e, • • leaders from the U•S•, North Africa and in the re- ~r ~... ending a • • Europe were called to the meeting, gion for ~ brief period . • • • In the past six months, PopeJohn Paul years. ~ . ~;~ ~ of relative • • has repeatedly called for an international S a u d i tolerance. • • conference to ~ss the peace and secu- Arabia is I ~j:~ At one : : rity needs of all the regions countries and one of the i --~ point the ]~a’_ • • peoples, including the Palestinians. few places ~ g o v e r n - l'It~ •, in the world I i~ ment had where car n i even ap rying a ~l~i~' In" proved the Bible or E~' ~ building of ]~ ~l~ L[LI~L~55e "tie~" March: that the youth of India wearinga. 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When a reporter asked U.S. military of- There is little or no official dialogue on the rid'As about the possibility of attending such issue: Saudi Arabia is one of the few couO" a service, for example, he was told it was tries that does not exchange diplomatic highly unlikely because that would "offend representatives with the Vatican. the host country." The Arabian vicariate based in the United Saudi Arabia's repressive policies on reli- Arab Emirates --- on the Gulf side of the gion lmve long been a concem of Vatican Arabian peninsula -- is technically respo.rv officials, sible for the pastoral care of Catholics to 'qt's really an impossible situation and Saudi Arabia, but it is not allowed to work constitutes an extremely serious obstacle on inside the country. a human rights level. The situation is coin- More and more, there is reliance on lay pficated because, theoretically, there is no ministers, who organize private prayer Catholic community (in Saudi Arabia). But meetings, hold Liturgy of the %brd cer- there are many Catholics among foreign emonies and teach religion to children. rkers," said Vatican spokespersonJoaquin The church hierarchy helps organize Navarro-Valls. these lay ministries, but officials in Rome With its growth as an oil-producing refuse to say how. Even on this point, there country, Sa~di I AIt~bia'S foreign ~ ,rtLfidents ~ is fear of government interference.