The laying of the first stone took place last Thursday, on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. In this Arab state, places for Christian worships have not been built since the seventh century. The church will be built on land donated by the emir of Qatar, in a residential district of the capital, Doha. The emir has also donated land to Anglicans, Copts, Orthodox and Protestants to build their own churches. The Parish of St.
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On May 31, , according to a decree of the Holy See, Qatar was detached from the Apostolic Vicariate of Arabia and included in the newly-formed ecclesiastical territory of the Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia. The Roman Catholics number around , to , The church sends a positive message to the world. Following the Iranian Revolution, the practice of non-Islamic religions was prohibited in Qatar. Finally, in , the new Emir, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, granted freedom of worship, and other priests could enter the country and assist the parish priest Father John Vanderleen , who until then had maintained a very low profile.
This church was built as a dedication for the Virgin Mary, it was the place where the holy family started their trip to Upper Egypt by boat. There were many names for this place during the history. However, the name of El Adawia Monastery has been repeated throughout the years and is still mentioned in Publications up till now. This church is further identified by the the Virgin's Church of the Ferry. In fact, the recent name of that modern suburb, Maadi, is derived from the Arabic word which means "the Crossing Point".