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Algeria: Catholic church demolished to make way for new mosque

June 13, 2017

Authorities in Algeria have demolished a Catholic church in Sidi Moussa, a town south of Algiers, and plan to build a mosque and Islamic school on the site.

Government officials said that the church had become unsafe because of structural deterioration.

The Algerian constitution guarantees freedom of worship, but also proclaims Islam as the state’s official religion and bars all practices contrary to Islamic law.


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  • Posted by: - Jun. 15, 2017 1:49 PM ET USA

    Then if that's the case, why wasn't the local episcopal authority notified a lot sooner so they could have built a new church.