Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia AVOSA header



The Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia is a Roman Catholic apostolic vicariate located in the United Arab Emirates. It is a territorial jurisdiction of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church covering the following countries of the Arabian Peninsula and surrounding region: Oman, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. » read more.


Pastoral Letter
  • PASTORAL LETTER 2014 — The House was filled with the Fragrance of the Oil — John 12:3
  • April 10, 2014. (Abu Dhabi). The Pastoral Letter of our Bishop H.E. Paul Hinder OFM Cap. for Holy Week and Easter 2014 titled "The House was filled with the Fragrance of the Oil" is released for the faithful of the Vicariate. It is based on the Gospel account of Mary of Bethany anointing the feet of Jesus with precious oil, where the Gospel testifies that "the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil."

    The Bishop takes the occasion of this Holy Week to remind us that our lives, too, should emit the sweet fragrance of love and compassion like the lives of holy men and women who followed Jesus Chirst, our Lord and Master, who Himself offered His life as "a sweet smelling sacrifice to God."

    The Bishop also dwells on the topic of the 'Holy Oils' which are consecrated during Chrism Mass every year.

    All the faithful are kindly requested to read this enriching Pastoral Letter and ponder the contents.

  • LIHAM NG PASTOL 2014 — Ang Bahay ay napuno ng Halimuyak ng Pabango — Juan 12:3