Wednesday 18 October 2017

Europe's first cathedral in a decade inaugurated in Norway

Saturday's Mass at the New St Olav cathedral was attended by Pope Francis' envoy, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor
Saturday's Mass at the New St Olav cathedral was attended by Pope Francis' envoy, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor

Norway's Roman Catholics have inaugurated a new cathedral - the first in Europe in a decade.

The predominantly Lutheran country has seen seen the number of Catholics swell mainly because of immigration, chiefly from Poland and the Philippines.

Saturday's Mass was attended by Pope Francis' envoy, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor.

The 100-million kroner (£9.4 million) New Saint Olav cathedral sits in the prelature of Trondheim, 243 miles north of Oslo - which has about 15,000 Catholics. The 450-seat church was built on the site of the Saint Olav cathedral, which was falling apart.

Norway has Scandinavia's largest Catholic community with 125,000 registered members. In 2015, Norway's state Lutheran Church had 3.8 million members, about 73% of the population.

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