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Pew: almost half of Philly’s 839 sacred spaces have new congregations - or none

October 18, 2017 GMT

By Staff

Philadelphia has 839 historic sacred spaces – churches, temples and mosques – or one for every 1,900 residents. That’s a lot of big, beautiful buildings facing uncertain futures.

The Pew Charitable Trusts decided to inventory the city’s current and former houses of worship, and released a report Wednesday on the lay of the laity’s land, looking at the vulnerabilities these structures face – from physical deterioration to changing neighborhoods and shrinking attendance.

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