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St John's Cathedral in Norwich sees flock flourish
St John's Cathedral, Norwich
St John's has seen its popularity rise for around half a decade

St John's Cathedral in Norwich has bucked the national trend by seeing its congregation increase due to an influx of worshipping immigrants.

The boost in church numbers has come from people who have settled in Norfolk after moving from places including Eastern Europe, South America and Asia.

The cathedral offers services to cater for its worldwide audience.

"In four or five years we've seen a remarkable increase in people from overseas," said Reverend James Walsh.

"A number of those see the cathedral as a home from home and they come along regularly," he added.

Norwich has the second largest Roman Catholic cathedral in the UK and the good news comes as it prepares for its centenary year in 2010.

Clergy at the Earlham Road cathedral are asking the public for photos, memories and stories from the last 100 years.

Looking to secure its congregation for the future, work is also underway to extend the cathedral with a new information centre to be called the Narthex.

It's hoped the £2.85m project will provide visitors with a place to learn about the history of the cathedral.




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