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Amid rising Catholic population, new cathedral planned in Norway

January 05, 2016

A new cathedral dedicated to St. Olav will be consecrated in Trondheim, Norway, in 2017, according to a report in La Croix.

When the current cathedral was built in 1973, there were 500 Catholics in Norway’s third-largest city. There are now 6,000 Catholics there; the majority are Poles, and over a quarter are native Norwegians.

The new cathedral will be located near historic Nidaros Cathedral, which dates from the eleventh century and became a Lutheran church in 1537.


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  • Posted by: rik92vin8086 - Feb. 01, 2016 12:48 PM ET USA

    agreed. Its time to bring back the depth that is inherent within our faith. the depth sacred architecture brings out. The vapid architecture is systemic of the superficiality many honor the faith with.

  • Posted by: Athelstan - Jan. 05, 2016 7:35 PM ET USA

    From the artist's rendition of the new Catholic cathedral published in La Croix, I regret that modern Norwegian ecclesiastical architecture has not much advanced beyond the secularized styles of 20th century Europe. Too bad the Norwegian architects did not turn to the latest in American Catholic architecture where the recovery of the sacred is paramount.