Catholic cardinal meets Saudi king in historic visit to Riyadh

Source: Aljazeera

French cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran’s visit marks the first official meeting between Saudi ruler and a Catholic official.

King Salman has recently held a number of meetings with representatives of Christian traditions [Bandar Algaloud/Saudi Kingdom Council]
King Salman has recently held a number of meetings with representatives of Christian traditions [Bandar Algaloud/Saudi Kingdom Council]
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has met French cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran during the first visit to the kingdom by such a senior Catholic authority, according to Saudi state-run media.

It followed a flurry of similar gatherings between senior Saudi figures and representatives of other Christian traditions in recent months.

The kingdom hosts Islam‘s holiest sites but bans the practice of other faiths.

The meeting in Riyadh between the king and Tauran, who heads the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, is the first between the current Saudi ruler and a Catholic official.

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