Churches converted to house refugees

03 December 2015 | by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
A number of active Catholic church communities in Germany are converting their churches into housing for refugees and will be celebrating Mass and other liturgies in places outside their churches, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.St Benedict’s parish church in Bremen is the first Catholic church to be converted into emergency winter quarters for 40 refugee families who will move in in mid-December. The parish only wants to take in families. The Stations of the Cross and the pews are being moved from the church and the altar covered by a special wooden construction “for practical reasons”, but the large cross above the altar will remain. Sanitary facilities will be put up in the church courtyard. The plan is to allow the refugee families to stay in the church for a year. I

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