Even though the Kingdom of Qatar is an Islamic country, the people here are able to practice their own faiths, beliefs and religions, including Hindus, Catholics, and other Christians.
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At present, there are around 200,000 Catholics in the Kingdom. Many of them are expatriates from India, Lebanon, United Kingdom, and the Philippines, as well as migrant workers from Africa, Europe, and South America — all of whom have come to live and work in Qatar.
Where to Attend Catholic Mass in Qatar
In 2008, the first Catholic church in Qatar, Our Lady of the Rosary, was built in a religious complex on land donated by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar. Prior to this, Catholics and other Christians often held informal gatherings in homes.
Aside from this church, other Catholic as well as Christian churches have been built in the same religious complex. Here’s a list of the Catholic churches in the area:
Our Lady of the Rosary Church
Address: P.O. Box 12230, Mesaimeer, Doha
Telephone: +974 44165550 / +974 44165400
St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Church
Address: P.O. Box 23205, Doha
Telephone: +974 44165060
St. Mary’s Malankara Catholic Church
Address: Building No. 7, IDCC Complex, Mesaimeer, Abu Hamur, Doha,
Telephone: +974 44165100
Aside from these Catholic churches, here’s a list of other Christian churches in Qatar, including Anglican, Orthodox, and Protestant churches.
If you are Catholic and you’re new in Qatar, don’t worry because you can attend the Holy Mass and other activities held in these churches. Meanwhile, if you are living here with your family, check out these activities that you can do after classes while staying in the Kingdom.