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Church Buildings
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[German Version]

As the place where the community of Jesus Christ gathers around God's word and sacrament for public worship, church buildings have always been the center of the congregation. Through changes of architectural fashion (Church architecture) and subject to the regulations of ecclesiastical law (e.g. CIC 1983 cc. 1214ff.), the love of the “house of God” expressed in the Old Testament (Ps 26:8) continues unabated to the present day. Churches are buildings dedicated to the worship of God and thus enjoy a special legal status. Dedication to a particular cult and consecration (D…

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Böttcher, Hartmut, “Church Buildings”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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