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Posted On: 29 March 2009 10:07 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Church inaugurated in Mesaimeer

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An Inter-Denominational Christian Church (IDCC) was inaugurated in Mesaimeer yesterday by Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Industry H E Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah in the presence of around 600 guests. The inauguration was graced by the presence of Minister of State for Energy and Industry H E Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada and Indian Ambassador Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa. Al Attiyah, who conveyed the message of the Emir, H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, for the occasion, said the Qatari government was encouraging everybody to accept all religions. “That’s why the government is allowing churches of any denomination to be constructed in Qatar,” he said. The Indian ambassador said she was happy to be at the opening of the church, which reminded her of her days as a student, as she had studied in a Christian school. “Around 200 of the guests were from the Indian community and around 10 priests and church leaders from other denominations attended,” said George Pothen, one of the coordinators of the IDCC. After the hour-long ceremony, the guests toured the complex.