- May 27, 2020
The strained relationship between church and state in Scandinavia was a leading issue at the forefront of the recent Nordic Bishops’ Conference general assembly in Turku, Finland.
Norway, one of Europe’s most secular nations, is changing the wording of its constitution in regards to its Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Norway. While some are satisfied with the change, some say it doesn’t go far enough, and some think it could lead to a culture war.
The Catholic Church in Norway is fined $140,000 for allegedly lying about the number of its parishioners in order to receive more state monetary aid. The state believes the diocese committed fraud by using random names from telephone directories without permission.
Statistics Norway, a state agency, said Friday the number of Catholics in the country has jumped 42 percent since 2012, to 145,000 this year. Recently the Church in Norway opened St. Olav Cathedral, the first new Catholic cathedral in Europe in a decade, to accommodate its swelling population.
After making it possible to exit on-line, Norway’s Lutheran state church saw 25,000 people exit in August, the biggest one-month drop in its history, while only 1,200 people joined, in part reflecting the fact that Scandinavia is arguably the most secular region of the world.
ROME — With the Nobel Peace Prize committee set to announce its 2015 winner on Friday, Pope Francis is once again seen as a front-runner, a status reinforced by his role in brokering a deal for the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba last December. While the