Qatar’s St. Charbel Maronite Church prepares to welcome worshippers

(CNA. Georgena Habbaba).

Construction is nearing completion on the St. Charbel Maronite Church in Doha, Qatar, with plans to open its doors to worshippers in 2025, coinciding with the Catholic Church’s Jubilee Year, according to Father Charbel Mhanna from Qatar’s Maronite parish.

In an interview with ACI Mena, CNA’s Arabic-language news partner, Mhanna explained that with a capacity of about 3,000 people, St. Charbel will be the country’s largest church, open to all Catholics. Once completed, it will be Qatar’s second Catholic church, joining the existing Church of Our Lady of the Rosary. 

While precise statistics on the Christian population in Qatar are lacking, Mhanna estimates there are close to 1 million Christians there, of which about 70% are Catholic. Approximately 12,000 belong to the Maronite rite, which is in full communion with the pope.

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