- May 28, 2020
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.
Nearly every Sunday since the closure, many of the more than 800 families that comprise the congregation have continued to meet in front of their old church building to pray the rosary and share a meal before going to mass at their new parish about a half mile away.
Selling Dorothy Day’s former New York parish to make way for luxury apartments would be a devastating blow to residents and former parishioners in a neighborhood threatened by gentrification, an American researcher said.
Pope Francis sent a message to a Vatican conference centered on answering the question of how to preserve the beauty and the sacredness of now-empty and unused Catholic churches.