- Dec 10, 2019
Village churches are closing at an increasing rate in the Netherlands.
When the congregation moved out of a century-old Methodist church in St. Louis, the building could have turned into a vacant eyesore. Instead, Lisa and Dan Macheca bought it and turned it into a bed and breakfast.
A landmark Catholic church in Tacoma will be demolished, church officials said.
An excavator began demolishing the former St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in the Como Park neighborhood about noon Tuesday.
The Netherlands is known for being one of the most secular countries in Europe. The cities went first, but now the often traditionally catholic rural areas of the country are also secularizing fast.
A third of Canada’s Christian architecture, some 9,000 churches, will close in the next 10 years, according to the National Trust for Canada.