A handout picture provided by the Global Centre for Combating Extremist Ideology "Etidal" on April 18, 2018 shows Roman Catholic Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran (L) being received in the Saudi capital Riyadh. (AFP / Etidal)
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A senior Vatican official who last week made a historic visit to Saudi Arabia says he told authorities in the kingdom, where non-Muslim worship is banned, that Christians cannot be considered second-class citizens.French cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran's trip, the first by such a senior Catholic figure, raised hopes of more openness in the kingdom, which is home to Islam's holiest sites but bans the practice of other faiths. It included a meeting with King Salman, his first with a Catholic official.Tauran's visit followed a flurry of meetings between senior Saudi figures and representatives of other Christian denominations.Most Christians in Saudi Arabia are migrant workers and diplomats. Since churches are banned, they worship in private homes.
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