The Diocese of Essen, Germany, celebrated its sixtieth anniversary on February 23.

Since 1957, the number of Catholics has declined from 1.4 million to 791,000, in part because of a decline in the steel industry, according to the Italian news agency SIR. Over 200 parishes have closed, with the number of parishes falling from 259 to 43.

http://agensir.it/quotidiano/2017/2/23/germany-60th-anniversary-of-essen-diocese-ministry-and-interreligious-dialogue-but-number-of-catholics-down/

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