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Birmingham archdiocese sells church to Muslim community

The entry for St Peter's on Birmingham archdiocese's website

The Archdiocese of Birmingham has sold a Catholic church in Stoke-on-Trent to the local Muslim community.

St Peter’s Catholic church in Cobridge was put up for sale following a decline in the number of parishioners.

A spokeswoman for the archdiocese said: “The parish of Cobridge has a long history, but in recent times the number of Catholics living in the area has shrunk to such an extent that those attending Mass at St. Peter’s were simply no longer able to maintain a priest and the church buildings.

“The church was put up for sale on the open market. A modest number of offers were received and a local Muslim community made the best offer, acceptable to the diocesan trustees after consultation in other local parishes.

“The parish of St Peter’s still exists in Canon Law. The sale proceeds, once received, will have to be retained in its name pending a decision by the trustees as to the future needs of the parishioners in Cobridge.”