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Dutch bishop fights plan to turn church into supermarket

Bishop Antonius Hurkmans of Den Bosch in the Netherlands has applied for planning permission to demolish three redundant churches rather than see them used inappropriately.

But the local Eindhoven City Council is investigating the feasibility of turning one of them into a supermarket.

The bishop told Dutch press agency Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau: "Even if they is no religious activities taking place, the church is a house of God, with the outside looks of a church. It's not right to change it into a store."

Bishop Hurkmans said only a few churches in the region have been demolished, with most of those deemed surplus to requirements becoming chapels used only for weddings or funerals.

De Bisschop van 's-Hertogenbosch