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A Rare Sight: Christian Priest Visiting Saudi Arabia Openly Wears a Cross

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Symbols of Christianity are banned in Saudi Arabia and there are no churches, at least in the public sphere. So it was a remarkable sight: A Christian priest, openly wearing a cross, being greeted by one of the kingdom’s most influential ministers on Monday.

Bishop Boulos Matar is part of a delegation accompanying Lebanon’s Maronite Catholic Patriarch Beshara Al Rai on an official visit to Saudi Arabia, the first such invitation extended to a senior Maronite figure. On Tuesday, they met King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, according to Lebanese media covering the trip.