A Helping Hand from Saudi Arabia

Giacomo Galeazzi

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud sent a message to the Pope through the Saudi ambassador in Italy. The message explained important strides the Saudi government has taken allow for religious diversity, including the creation of an international center for inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue.

However, despite recent steps, the author points out that Christians still cannot worship publicly in the country. Further, partition walls will be erected in many shops to separate men and women, primarily in in stores where employees are opposite sexes. The partition barriers will be a minimum height of 1.60 meters. However, tThe measure opened 44 thousand new jobs for Saudi women (the rate of female unemployment is 36%, only 7% of the population employed in the private sector are women).