The [anti-Catholic] German dioceses lost 500 churches since the beginning of the millennium, Father Paweł Malecha of the Apostolic Signatura told a Roman conference dedicated to the closing down of churches, some days ago.
One-third of the churches was demolished, the rest sold or used for other purposes. Malecha warned, that the phenomenon is spreading.
A study of Georgetown University revealed a similar picture for the United States. There, the number of parishes fell since the beginning of the millennium from 19,236 to 17,156 - a drop of over 2000 parishes.
Just eight parishes were closed down in the previous 15 years.
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