Norway's Roman Catholics have inaugurated a new cathedral -- the first in Europe in a decade -- as the predominantly Lutheran country sees the number of Catholics swell, mainly due to immigration from Poland and the Philippines, the Washington Post website reports today (November 19, 2016).
A Mass yesterday at the cathedral was attended by Pope Francis' envoy, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor.
The $11.7 million New Saint Olav cathedral is located in Trondheim, some 243 miles north of Norway's capital of Oslo.
With 125,000 registered members, Norway has Scandinavia's largest Catholic community. In 2015, Norway's state Lutheran Church had about 3.8 million members, or 73 percent of the population.