Until now Muslims in the capital of Denmark have managed to squeeze into basements and rented facilities. Islam is growing in Copenhagen, and the local politicians in the Copenhagen municipality — which has a Socialist mayor — have agreed to allow the building of four brand new mosques, of which at least one will have minarets.
Now the Diocesan Council of Copenhagen has decided to close 16 churches, because nobody, or hardly anybody, ever attends the sermons. Translated from Danish by Nicolai Sennels, Jyllands-Posten April 19: “16 churches in Copenhagen will be shut down“:
The Diocesan Council in Copenhagen has decided to close 16 churches in Copenhagen. It happens after it has emerged that several priests are preaching in empty or almost empty churches on Sundays.
“We had a meeting where we have decided to close 16 churches. It was a unanimous decision,” says Inge Lise Pedersen, Chairman of the Board.
In addition to the 16 churches, one more church might be closed as well.