Religion: Catholics in the South

Until last week the U.S. had an area nearly as big as Catholic Eire without a single Catholic church. It included parts of Georgia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina.

Then in a single day two churches were dedicated there, both in North Carolina, whose 10,219 Catholics in a 3,563,174 population give it a lower percentage of Catholics than China. They were built at Bryson City and Waynesville with money raised elsewhere by Father Ambrose Rohrbacher, whose 3,500-square-mile parish has a congregation of only 50 and whose local offerings barely cover his gas bill as...

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