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DISUSED CHURCH BUILDINGS, MONASTERIES BEING CONVERTED INTO IMMIGRANT ACCOMMODATION
The Catholic Church in Vienna has promised 1,000 places for immigrant accommodation over the next few weeks, as they install bedrooms and bathrooms in disused church-owned buildings and monasteries.
The order, made by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the Archbishop of Vienna, de facto head of the Catholic Church in Austria, and the man tipped by some to be the next pope is being part funded by the Austrian government, with money coming out of the state housing fund. Although the Cardinal’s order only applies to his own Archdiocese, Austrian radio Wien ORF reports he “expects similar measures” from the other bishops and dioceses of the nation.
The move shows the remarkable swing of faith in Austria, where church congregations continue to dwindle and a great many buildings become surplus to requirements – just like most Western nations. Today the best use that can be found for them is to house – predominantly Muslim – economic migrants and refugees.
A spokesman for the Archdiocese told press that the availability of disused rectories was becoming scarce, and that in any case many had already been sold or rented out long ago, so there was a need to convert other buildings instead. He said “Dozens of parishes and monasteries have offered places in the last few days”, reports TheLocal.at.
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