Amid frequent reports that Catholic churches are being shut in Europe, the Diocese of Helsinki, Finland, has confirmed plans to open a new parish in Kuopio, the largest city in eastern Finland.
Finland has the lowest proportion of Catholics in all of Europe; the
country’s 12,000 Catholics account for only 0.2% of the nation’s
However the Church has grown considerably in the past
generation; there were only 3,000 Catholics in Finland just 30 years
The church building had been used by the Evangelical Lutheran church,
but was sold to the Catholic diocese in November.
Bishop Teemu Sippo
told CWN that the church would be consecrated in May 2014, and dedicated
to St. Joseph.