9 Catholic churches in Canada to shut doors

Declaring itself “no longer in a positive financial situation,” the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint John announced plans today to close several of its church buildings and merge parishes in an effort to contain costs and revitalize flagging church attendance.

In total, nine sites of worship will close by September: one church in the Fredericton region, three in the Miramichi region and five in the Saint John region.

“I don’t take any pleasure in closing churches,” Bishop Robert Harris told CBC News. “We did what we had to do.” Continue reading

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