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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

Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič.

Vatican diplomat: ‘Pursuit of Truth’ necessary for inter-religious dialogue

Nov 26, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

At an event in Saudi Arabia this week, a Vatican diplomat emphasized the importance of religious freedom and said that “authentic... Read more

President Donald Trump with Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House in March 2018.

Despite human rights concerns, Senate fails to stop Saudi arms sale

Jul 30, 2019

By Matt Hadro

The Senate on Monday failed to override President Trump’s veto of their attempts to block over $8 billion in arms... Read more

Saudi Arabia flag.

Bishop objects to death sentence for Filipino woman in Saudi Arabia

Mar 5, 2019

A bishop in the Philippines is speaking out against the death penalty of a Filipino woman who has been condemned... Read more

President Donald Trump with Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House in March 2018.

Trump defends relationship with Saudi Arabia after journalist's murder

Nov 21, 2018

Citing low oil prices, U.S. President Donald Trump has said that he will continue to support Saudi Arabia after the... Read more

A Yemeni man holds a rifle in Aden, Sept. 14, 2006.

Without Yemen ceasefire mass starvation looms, critics say

Oct 19, 2018

The possibility of mass starvation in Yemen continues as a military engagement over a major port city could block food... Read more

Cardinal Bechara Rai.

Analysis: Cardinal Rai begins strategic call for Saudi religious freedom

Nov 28, 2017

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The first cardinal to be officially invited to visit Saudi Arabia, Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch, has... Read more

How can Saudi Arabia counter violent extremism? Religious freedom, expert says

Oct 26, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has suggested a turn towards moderate Islam, especially among younger Saudis who want... Read more