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Islam overtaking Catholicism in France
In France at present, there are more practicing Muslims than practicing Catholics and more Islamic mosques under construction than Catholic churches. France is home to the largest Islamic community in Europe, and nearly 150 new mosques are presently nearing completion. When finished the total number of mosques in France will exceed 2,000, all built within the last 10 years (Source: ‘Building Mosques: The Government of Islam in France and Holland’). Well-known French Islamic leader, Dalil Boubakeur, Rector of Great Mosque of Paris recently suggested that to meet the growing demand, the total number of mosques will need to double to 4,000 in the foreseeable future (Vatican Insider, September 7, 2011; There are currently 1925 mosques in the United States)
In stark contrast, the Catholic Church in France in the last 10 years built just 20 new churches and formally closed more than sixty and they could soon become mosques, according to research conducted by the French Catholic daily, La Croix. Muslims claim that Islam is rapidly overtaking Roman Catholicism as the dominant religion in France and as their numbers grow, Muslims in that country are becoming more assertive than ever before. They are asking the Catholic Church for permission to use its empty churches to solve the traffic problems caused by thousands of Muslims who now pray in the streets because of the lack of mosques.
While the Vatican claims that 41.6 million of the French population are Roman Catholics, the results of a recent survey revealed that less than 1.9 million are practicing Catholics (French Institute of Public Opinion (IFOP). The same appraisal revealed that 75% of approximately 6 million French Muslims (4.5 million) are ‘practitioners’ of the Islamic faith (IFOP), with more than 70% claiming to have observed Ramadan in 2011.
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