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Pope Francis takes questions from members of the press on the flight to Rome from Bahrain.

Pope Francis: ‘We have to keep fighting for women’s equality’

Nov 6, 2022

By CNA Staff

Returning from Bahrain, the pope was asked if he supports the efforts of women and young people in Iran to... Read more

Pope Francis participated in a meeting with youth at the Sacred Heart School in Awli, Bahrain, on Nov. 5, 2022.

Pope Francis to youth in Bahrain: ‘The Church needs you!’

Nov 5, 2022

By Shannon Mullen

The pope’s historic trip to Bahrain continued Sunday with a meeting with young people at a Catholic school. Read more

Pope Francis greets the crowd in Bahrain's national soccer stadium before offering Mass on Nov. 5, 2022.

Catholics travel from Saudi Arabia to attend Pope Francis’ stadium Mass in Bahrain

Nov 5, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis offered the first public papal Mass in the Kingdom of Bahrain, a Muslim-majority island country in the Persian... Read more

Pope Francis with the Muslim Council of Elders in Bahrain, Nov. 4, 2022

Pope Francis calls for restoring Christian unity during Bahrain visit

Nov 4, 2022

By Katie Yoder

The Holy Father addressed Christian leaders Friday at the Ecumenical Meeting and Prayer for Peace at the Cathedral of Our... Read more

Pope Francis meets with King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa at the Sakhir Royal Palace in Bahrain, Nov. 3, 2022.

Pope Francis calls for end of death penalty during Bahrain visit

Nov 3, 2022

By Katie Yoder

The pope made his comments Thursday during his meeting at the Sakhir Royal Palace amid his Nov. 3–6 apostolic journey... Read more

Pope Francis arriving in Bahrain, Nov. 3, 2022

Pope Francis becomes first pope to visit Bahrain

Nov 3, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis landed in the Kingdom of Bahrain Thursday, becoming the first pope to visit the Muslim island nation located... Read more

Pope Francis blesses a young boy in the Syriac Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in Bakhdida, Iraq, on March 7, 2021. Photo credits: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis to meet Muslim leaders, small Christian community in Bahrain

Oct 6, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

On the first-ever papal visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Pope Francis will close a forum on dialogue, meet with... Read more

Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, special envoy of the King of Bahrain, meets Pope Francis.

Why Pope Francis wants to visit this Islamic monarchy

Sep 21, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Three intertwined stories set the stage for a possible papal trip to the Kingdom of Bahrain in November this year. Read more

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle presides at the consecration of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Arabia in Bahrain.

Cardinal Tagle consecrates new Our Lady of Arabia cathedral in Bahrain

Dec 10, 2021

By CNA Staff

The cathedral is the largest Catholic church in the Gulf region. Read more

The statue of Our Lady of Arabia will be a focal point of Bahrain’s new cathedral.

The story behind the new Our Lady of Arabia cathedral in Bahrain

Nov 26, 2021

By CNA Staff

A Vatican cardinal will consecrate the cathedral on Dec. 10. Read more

Bishop Camillo Ballin, Vicar Apostolic of Northern Arabia.

Bishop hopes to create new home for Catholics in Arabia

Mar 17, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Catholics in the Arabian peninsula look forward to building a new cathedral in Bahrain, creating a permanent home for the... Read more