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(Compass) – Filadelfia Evangelical Church in Madrid , Spain , is still looking for a home one year after municipal authorities served an eviction order on the 250-member congregation and tore down the chapel in which they had worshipped for 19 years. “Being unable to meet together has been a very, very heavy blow to the congregation,” Pastor Jesús Jimenez said of the homeless odyssey that began on January 8, 2004, when police and city officials ordered the demolition. The case highlights the discrimination that Spanish Protestants endure. Attorney Mariano Blázquez of the Federation of Evangelical Religious Entities of Spain told Compass, “We are certain that if the church in Caño Roto had been a gypsy Catholic church, it never would have been demolished — never.” Filadelfia is the fastest growing Christian denomination in Spain , expanding from 31 local congregations in the 1960s to over 600 today.

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