The Vatican told Breitbart News that no church was being built in Saudi Arabia.
According to the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Tauran visitedRiyadh on April 16-20, where he was received at the royal palace by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who acts as the country’s prime minister as well as the custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and his son, the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Tauran and his delegation also visited the Center for the Fight against Extremist Thought and met with the current grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah Al ash-Sheikh.
In his address to Saudi officials, Tauran underscored that “hundreds of thousands of Christians” reside in the Saudi Kingdom and insisted that Pope Francis follow their situation “with close attention.” The cardinal also reiterated the Vatican position on the equal treatment of all citizens regardless of their religion, including those who do not profess any religion, and called for establishing a common basis for the construction of centers of worship.
Nonetheless, these talks did not lead to an agreement providing for the building of churches to care for the needs of Christians in Saudi Arabia, according to the Vatican’s spokesman.
Saudi Arabia, officially a Muslim nation, remains the only country in the region without a single Christian church.
Muslim Nations are the biggest persecutors of Christians worldwide. Studies have shown that Christianity is the most persecuted Religion worldwide.