Civil inauguration of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Arabia in Bahrain on Land Donated by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
In 2007 the Comboni Bishop, Camillo Ballin, at that time Apostolic Vicar of Kuwait, asked the Holy See to establish a day of celebration in honor of the Virgin Mary with the title of Our Lady of Arabia. In 2011, the Holy See officially proclaimed Our Lady of Arabia as the Patroness of the two Vicariates then present in the Arabian Peninsula, that of Kuwait and that of Arabia. In May 2011, the Holy See reorganized the Vicariate of Kuwait, including in it the territories of Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and renaming it as the "Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia (while the other Vicariate of the Arabian Peninsula, renamed "Vicariate of Southern Arabia", includes the territories of Yemen, United Arab Emirates and Oman). In 2012, the head office of the Vicariate of Northern Arabia was moved to Bahrain precisely because of the kingdom's geographical location (an archipelago of 33 islands along the left bank of the Persian Gulf) and other logistical reasons.