Practicing Muslims Outpacing Anglicans in Britain

LONDON, JAN. 25, 2004 ( Attendance at Britain’s mosques has outstripped the number of regular worshippers in the Church of England for the first time, the Sunday Times reported.

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Government and academic data show that 930,000 Muslims attend a place of worship at least weekly, compared with 916,000 Anglicans. Catholic churchgoers number 1.5 million, said Peter Brierley, executive director of the Christian Research Association.

The results of the 2001 census, released last year, have been supplemented by surveys to give the first reliable assessment of worshipping Muslims. The census recorded 1.59 million Muslims but academics believe the true figure is at least 1.8 million.

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