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Mary Kenny


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Chrischurch Cathedral, Dublin

Chrischurch Cathedral, Dublin

Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin was founded by Sitriuc, Hiberno-Norse king of Dublin, around 1030

Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin was founded by Sitriuc, Hiberno-Norse king of Dublin, around 1030

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Chrischurch Cathedral, Dublin

Church-going is decreasing all over Europe – even before Covid, secularism was gaining ground everywhere and the pews were emptier. This trend applies to all Christian denominations.

The most liberal European churches have the lowest number of church-goers. In Sweden, where the Lutheran church is so modernised a gay woman has been anointed an archbishop, dwelling in the archbishop’s palace with her wife, only 3pc of the population ever attend church.


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