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Dressed in a white Gulf headdress and with two red crosses embroidered on his black clerical robe, Kuwait's first homegrown priest cuts a unique figure in the predominantly Muslim emirate. Father Emmanuel Benjamin Jacob Gharib, 68, celebrates both the Bible and Gulf Arab culture with his Christian congregation in Kuwait City.Born in the Qibla district of Kuwait City, Gharib was raised in a devout Christian family surrounded by mostly Muslim neighbors.He quit his job and began in 1989 a theology degree at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo.He was ordained as a priest in 1999 and subsequently elected to head the National Evangelical Church of Kuwait, becoming the first and only Gulf Arab priest. Father Emmanuel also serves as vice president of the Islamic-Christian Relations Council in Kuwait, which he co-founded in 2009 .
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